Lindblom Academy Closed Wednesday After Student Dies From Meningitis

By Kyla Gardner on May 7, 2013 8:39pm 

 Lindblom Math and Science Academy in West Englewood will be closed Wednesday after a student died Monday from bacterial meningitis, according to a statement from Chicago Public Schools.
Lindblom Math and Science Academy in West Englewood will be closed Wednesday after a student died Monday from bacterial meningitis, according to a statement from Chicago Public Schools.
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CHICAGO — Lindblom Math and Science Academy in West Englewood will be closed Wednesday after a student died Monday from bacterial meningitis, according to a statement from Chicago Public Schools.

CPS did not release the name of the dead student, although the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office confirmed a 16-year-old boy named Savon Smith, of the 6100 block of South Washtenaw Avenue in Chicago Lawn, died Monday from meningitis.

It was not immediately clear if Smith was the boy from Lindblom.

The student's form of meningitis was not contagious, CPS said.

"There is no immediate health risk to students or staff, but out of an abundance of caution we decided to close the school tomorrow,” CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett said in a statement.

However, if students or parents develop symptoms of fever, headache, stiff neck, nausea, vomiting, increased sensitivity to light or an altered mental state or confusion, they should seek medical attention, CPS advised.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this difficult time," Byrd-Bennett said.

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