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Dewey Public Schools releases statement after students diagnosed with psychological disorder

Posted at 2:47 PM, Nov 03, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-03 19:06:48-04

DEWEY, Okla. -- Dewey Public Schools sent out a letter to parents after several students at the school were diagnosed with a psychological disorder.

The letter said that the school system has had a rash of student health issues at the high school and middle school dating back to early fall. 

In particular, the school said several students were diagnosed with conversion disorder, which the school said is psychological and symptoms are in response to stress and anxiety.

"As we became aware of the issues, we worked hard to communicate with the affected families as to what information they were being provided from the medical community," school officials wrote in the letter. "Within those conversations, we have not received any information that would lead us to believe that our school buildings nor our campus is an unsafe environment."

The school said they had water samples and mold tested in specific areas but did not find anything of concern.

"We have no reason to believe that our students are in an unsafe environment nor are they subjected to anything contagious," school officials said.

The State Health Department said they had no information that leads them to believe anything infectious is going around at the schools.

School officials asked parents within the district to contact them with any questions.

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