Confirmed case of tuberculosis in Pittsburgh Public SchoolsThe Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) notified the Pittsburgh Public Schools Monday that a confirmed a case of tuberculosis has impacted a student of the Pittsburgh South Hills 6-8 school community. Because of confidentiality laws, the individual was not identified. Although the student is not currently at school, the district and the ACHD are proactively notifying faculty and staff as well as parents and families of the case. “Our main priority is to provide facts and testing as needed to keep the community safe and healthy. While tuberculosis is transmitted through the air, someone can only catch TB by being in very close contact with a contagious individual for an extended amount of time,” said Dr. Karen Hacker, director of the ACHD. “We are grateful for the cooperation and assistance of the Pittsburgh Public Schools administration, and the staff of South Hills 6-8, and have been glad to see their proactive response to this health issue.” With the assistance of the student’s family and district staff, ACHD has begun identifying individuals who might have been exposed to this individual and will contact those at risk. On Monday afternoon, ACHD and district staff met with the faculty and staff of Pittsburgh South Hills as well as Pittsburgh Concord and Pittsburgh Brashear High School. Parents and families of students who attend all three schools have been invited to a parent meeting scheduled for Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. in the Pittsburgh Brashear High School auditorium.  Dr. Karen Hacker, District Superintendent Linda Lane and staff will be on hand to answer questions families may have. This meeting is not open to the general public. “We are thankful for the Health Department’s guidance and support in addressing this health concern for our families,” said Lane. “We take the health and safety of our students as one of our top priorities and are committed informed throughout this process.”  The district reached out to parents via robo calls and a letter sent home with students. “It was a little alarming because they didn’t say at that point. I didn’t know if it was the high school or middle school,” said parent Debbie Julian, in regard to the automated phone call she received. More