Assistant Principal of Prince George’s County School Dies

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    An assistant principal who died from meningitis is remembered at the school where she worked. News4 Prince George's County Bureau Chief Tracee Wilkins reports. (Published Wednesday, March 27, 2013)

    An assistant principal at a Prince George’s County school died just days after a case of bacterial meningitis was confirmed at the school.

    Accokeek Academy Elementary assistant principal Mischa Dorr-Ames, 41, died Friday in a hospital, and students are getting counseling, according to a letter sent home to parents.

    A family friend of Dorr-Ames told News4 Prince George’s County Bureau Chief Tracee Wilkins the disease quickly took her life in part due to a lifelong immune deficiency.

    A letter to parents Friday alerted them to a case of bacterial meningitis at the academy’s lower school. In the letter, parents are warned to look out for meningitis signs like fever, headache, stiff neck, vomiting or rash. They are asked to contact a health care provider if their child shows symptoms.

    The bacteria is not airborne, so no extra cleaning is happening at the school, but staff is working to make sure kids are in a safe environment.

    Mischa Dorr-Ames grew up in Oxon Hill and was a product of Prince George's County Public Schools. She is survived by her husband.

    Funeral service are scheduled for Thursday.