Portage Northern student diagnosed with form of bacterial meningitis

Posted at 7:55 PM, May 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-11 19:55:35-04

PORTAGE, Mich – Administrators at Portage Northern High School are working with the Kalamazoo County Health Department after a student was diagnosed with a form of bacterial meningitis.  A letter was sent to parents on Wednesday informing them of the situation, which reads as follows:


One of our students at Portage Northern High School was diagnosed with a form of bacterial meningitis. The student has sought the appropriate medical attention and is currently not in school. Per recommendation from the Kalamazoo County Health Department, we are formally contacting you and providing you with the necessary information in regards to this situation.

Below, please find two links from the health department further explaining proper protocol. If you are having trouble viewing these documents, please contact our school administration and we will provide you with them. Additionally, we are taking precautionary measures in regards to the cleaning and washing of any pertinent areas within the school environment. Please accept this message as only a precautionary step, as we feel strongly that there is no need to panic. We do however, want to ensure effective communication with our school and community.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our school office at 269.323.5400