HESPERIA A Hesperia High School teacher was hospitalized Thursday when he came down with symptoms of a less-contagious form of meningitis.


The teacher's classroom was disinfected, officials said, and school is continuing today as scheduled.


"We're safe, we're on top of it, the kids are safe," Mark McKinney, superintendent of Hesperia Unified School District, said.


The teacher felt sick Thursday morning, McKinney said sick enough that the school called 911. The teacher was then transported to St. Mary Medical Center in Apple Valley, where he was diagnosed with viral meningitis.


The disease an inflammation of the thin lining covering the brain and spinal cord can be life-threatening and is typically caused by certain viruses or bacteria. The viral form of the disease is less contagious than the notorious bacterial form of the disease.


"So it's not the (more) contagious one, but we've cleaned the classroom where the teacher was, of course, and all of that," McKinney said.


Hesperia High Principal Bob Schnebeck was contacting students' families through the district's automated phone system Thursday night, McKinney said.


The teacher is expected to undergo treatment both at St. Mary's and at home.


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