Health & Medicine

Louisville teacher resigns after parents raise Ebola concerns over trip to Kenya

A teacher at a private school in Louisville has resigned rather than take a paid leave because of fears over Ebola.

Susan Sherman, a teacher at St. Margaret Mary Catholic School who also is a registered nurse, recently returned from a medical mission trip to Kenya, The Courier-Journal reported.

Though Kenya, in eastern Africa, has not had any reported cases of Ebola, the school asked Sherman to take a 21-day paid leave as a precaution because parents had raised concerns, according to the newspaper.

Sherman also was asked to get a note from her doctor giving her a clean bill of health, the newspaper reported.

Sherman's husband, Paul Sherman, said in a letter sent last week to Louisville Archbishop Joseph Kurtz that parents and staff had "unfounded fears" that were "triumphing over truth and reason." The couple wanted to have an informational meeting about their trip and Ebola, but "were put off until our 'quarantine' is over," Paul Sherman wrote.

Susan Sherman, who the newspaper said was not immediately available to comment, began teaching at the school this year, though she has taught in the archdiocese in various capacities since 1998.

Paul Sherman said the couple planned to return to Kenya next year with the same organization, Kenya Relief.