VERDIGRIS, Oklahoma - Verdigris Public Schools announced Wednesday evening a student in the district is being treated for an unconfirmed case of viral meningitis.

According to the district’s website, it has “been in contact with the Rogers County Health Department and has taken and will continue to take the appropriate steps in cleaning all of our buildings as a preventative measure to ensure the safety of our students and staff.”

Superintendent Mike Payne says he is waiting for the test results to determine whether the student has viral meningitis. He says the student has not been in class this week and the student's parents were told to contact the district as soon as the test results are known.  

Payne says Verdigris Schools are in session. He says if any parent has questions or concerns to call him at 918-266-7227 or send him an email at

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Oklahoma Department of Health, viral meningitis is an inflammation of the tissue that covers the brain and spinal cord. They say viral is the most common form of meningitis and is often less severe than bacterial meningitis.