Indian Valley High School closed Monday after student dies from 'probable case of bacterial meningitis'

TUSCARAWAS COUNTY, OH (WOIO) - Indian Valley High School will be closed on Dec. 18 after the district learned a student died from a "probable case of bacterial meningitis."

The school district said the student, identified by his family as Ryan Freeland, died early Friday morning after getting sick on Thursday.

Freeland, 14, was a freshman at Indian Valley High School, according to his family, who released his name and picture.

Indian Valley High School did not know Freeland had died until after school was closed for the day on Friday.

According to the district the student was on Bus 24.

The school is working with the Tuscarawas County Health Department.

The Ohio Department of Health and the Center for Disease Control is also helping out with the situation.

Families of students known to have had close contact with Freeland on Dec. 14 were notified, and those students were recommended to go to a local hospital and receive a medication treatment.

Bacterial Meningitis FAQs

The Tuscarawas County Health Department said signs and symptoms often happen abruptly. Freeland did not have symptoms until Dec. 14.

The Health Department said the "probable" case may take several days to confirm.

Students who did not come in close contact with this case should not be concerned at the this time, this appears to be an isolated case.

Bacterial meningitis is less contagious than the common cold.

The health department said the bacteria is spread through coughing and kissing, for more information on bacterial meningitis click this link.

The school district said the bathroom of concern will be cleaned thoroughly with an extra high concentration of the appropriate solution.

Every interior surface of Bus 24 will be wiped down twice with an extra high concentration of the appropriate solution.

The superintendent said all desktop surfaces, tables, counters, door knobs, drinking fountains will be cleaned at the high school.

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