Gladstone School District warns parents after whooping cough case

GLADSTONE, Ore. -- The Gladstone School District has sent a letter to families alerting them to a case of whooping cough at John Wetten Elementary.

That student is home recovering with the student's sibling, who may also have the respiratory illness. The sibling attends the Head Start Program at the Gladstone Center for Children and Families.

The school district letter tells parents to watch out for symptoms that seem like a common cold but turns into a bad cough that lasts for weeks.

School officials did not identify the student or specify the student's grade level.

Parents KATU spoke with at school say they are keeping a close eye on their children.

"It's surprising and alarming, but it's a great school and they're taking the precautions they need to," parent Traci Gorsage said.

For more information about symptoms of whooping cough, or pertussis, click here.