Dear PVSD Community:


There was an increase in the number of case of pertussis (commonly referred to as “Whooping Cough”) in San Mateo County and throughout the United States during the Fall of 2010, through the winter of 2011.


The San Mateo County Health System has directed all school districts to provide the attached information about pertussis to parents and staff.  Copies of this information in .pdf  form are available by clicking HERE.


As a parent, you play a key role in helping to minimize and control the spread of pertussis. If your child displays any of the symptoms listed on the materials referenced above, please bring her/him to a physician for evaluation right away and keep her/him home from school while ill.


It is also strongly recommended that your child is up-to-date on all vaccinations. You might also check with your health care provider about the adult pertussis booster (Tdap vaccine).


For more information on pertussis, you may contact the San Mateo County Health System at and/or the California Department of Public health at




Tim Hanretty