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Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Franklin reviews procedures after salmonella outbreak


The Franklin school department is trying to resolve last spring's owl pellet-caused salmonella outbreak among a group of students at Jefferson Elementary School by reviewing district-wide procedures used in experiments as well as all other policies regarding communicable diseases and medical emergencies.

According to assistant superintendent Maureen Sabolinski, a committee consisting of principals, teachers and parents has been formed to review all such information for the district.

The state Department of Public Health's review of the illnesses, which you can reach from Franklin superintendent Wayne Ogden's web page indicates that the teachers were not to blame in the incident that sickened as many as 68 children.

The report found that teachers conducting the experiment had no reason to assume the pellets could be harmful and the teachers used all necessary caution in the experiment and clean-up.

-- Alison O'Leary Murray

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