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District officials release alert about foot and mouth disease; upcoming road work to affect bus routes

The Scappoose School District released several pieces of information for parents this week including a health warning, in addition to information about impacted bus routes next week.

On Thursday, Sept. 12, the district released the following memo to parents: "Our district nurse has shared with us that a small number of cases of Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease have been reported in the district (mostly at the high school). Hand, Foot and Mouth is a common viral illness, usually occurring in young children. While the reported number is small, we want to take this opportunity to notify parents and ask them to take a few extra precautions. As with all viral illnesses, good hand washing is the best defense."

Parents should be on the lookiout for:

• Fever

• Reduced appetite

• Sore throat

• A feeling of being unwell (malaise)

The release adds that, "one or two days after the fever starts, painful sores can develop in the mouth (herpangina). They usually begin as small red spots, often in the back of the mouth, that blister and can become painful. A skin rash on the palms of the hands and soles of the feet may also develop over one or two days as flat, red spots, sometimes with blisters. If you have any questions please feel free to contact District Nurse, Brenda Vandomelen at 971-200-8033."

Road work to impact some Scappoose school bus routes

Additionally, the school district is also working to release a plan for bus routes that will be affected by ongoing work by the Columbia County Road Department.

The Columbia County Roads Department released a paving schedule affecting certain portions of EM Watts Road from now until the end of September. The Scappoose School District announced that some of the road closures may affect school bus routes next week. The parking lot near the annex gym at the middle school will be closed. The school district is still working on a mitigation plan and will release information to parents when it becomes available.

The county released the following detailed scheduled for road work:

Sept. 4-12 — excavate, prep, set forms and pour.

Sept. 13-18 — pre-levels and subgrade repair.

Sept. 19-21 — grind and pave Southwest 4th Street from Highway 30.

Sept. 24-25 — pave Southwest 4th Street to Eggleston Road).

Sept. 26-28 — page Eggleston Road to Dutch Canyon Road intersection.

For more information contact the Columbia County Roads Department at 503-397-5090.

On Tuesday, Sept. 18, the Scappoose School District issued the following statement.

"Scappoose School District was notified by Columbia County Roads and the City of Scappoose that parts of EM Watts will be closed throughout next week. The annex gym parking lot at the middle school will be inaccessible Wednesday, September 19 through Friday, September 21, while the road is paved.

This closure has led to some temporary transportation changes at the middle school during these days. All parent pick up will take place in front of the school and parking will be extremely limited. Maple will see increased congestion as buses will enter the middle school from Maple and load in their regular location. The buses must then return to Maple and exit to the highway at the intersection of Maple and Hwy 30.

If you are attending an evening sporting event or practice, please park in the parking lot off Maple.

We anticipate a 15-20 minute delay for buses over these three days and recommend downloading the Durham Bus Tracker app for updated information on bus locations. Please be patient as we work through these issues."

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