Confirmed Mumps Case Affecting Everett’s James Monroe Elementary School

May 19, 2017

Everett Schools

Mumps Earlier this year the Snohomish Health District issued a warning about mumps.
As of yesterday kids who have not been immunized against mumps are being kept out of Monroe Elementary School in Everett.
Health officials have confirmed a student at the school had a case of mumps. Here is a letter sent home with parents yesterday.

Dear James Monroe School families:

We have received notification from the Snohomish County Health Department there is a confirmed case of mumps at our school. Information about mumps was shared with families districtwide in January, and the district notified families of unimmunized students in the event of a case being reported in Everett Public Schools.

As part of this process, any student who is not immunized against mumps will be excluded from school for 26 days. Now that there is a confirmed at our school, the families of students who are not immunized have been notified directly that their child is being excluded from school.

Mumps symptoms typically include fever, headache, muscle aches, tiredness, and loss of appetite. Its most distinctive symptom is swelling of the cheeks, neck or jaw. Only a health care provider can diagnose and test for mumps. Please contact your child’s health care provider if your child develops symptoms.

Please see the letter from Dr. Gary Goldbaum, Health Officer and Director, Snohomish Health District, that was sent home with your student today and learn more about mumps at the following websites:

Washington Department of Health

Center for Disease Control:

Mumps vaccination

MMR vaccine – what everyone should know

Please contact the school health room if you need additional assistance.


Gerard Holzman

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