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Catoosa County Schools Superintendent releases statement concerning students mission trip to Uganda

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Parents in Catoosa County are asking questions about safety after learning that two students at Heritage High School are on a mission trip in Uganda.  

Posted on Heritage High School's website is the following statement from the Superintendent of Catoosa County Public Schools: 

Catoosa County Public Schools confirms that two Heritage High School students are in Uganda on a mission trip. The students are working in home churches and distributing food. They are not engaged in any form of medical outreach.

Heritage High School has been contacted by parents who are concerned that these students could be exposed to Ebola on this trip. Uganda is 3000 miles from the outbreak of Ebola in East Africa.

Superintendent Denia Reese said, "When we were contacted by concerned parents, I immediately contacted Public Health in Rome, Georgia, and spoke to Dr. Wade Sellers, Health Director of Northwest Georgia Public Health. I also spoke to the CDC in Atlanta. They assured me that there are no current cases of Ebola in Uganda. In Ringgold, we are closer to the cases in Dallas and Atlanta than these students are in Uganda. The CDC has no concern that these students will return with Ebola."

I want to commend these students for serving on the mission field. I want to assure parents that we will continue to monitor conditions in Uganda, and I will stay in communication with Public Health to make sure there is no risk at Heritage High School when these students return to school.

If you have questions, please contact the school system at 706-965-2297.
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