PORTLAND, Ore. – Dozens of children have gotten sick after attending the Sandy River Outdoor School.
Nearly 40 out of the 100 children got sick, mostly with stomach pains and diarrhea.
On Wednesday morning, the Multnomah Education Service District, that runs the outdoor school, sent home a letter to families at all the schools about the illnesses.
In the letter it says, "Students in attendance came from East Sylvan, Robert Gray, Harrison Park and Harvey Scott schools. Outdoor School nurses made every effort to contact the families of those students affected. Most students had symptoms subside within a few hours."
The Multnomah County Health Department went out to the site in Corbett to do an inspection. It is still investigating what caused the children to get ill.
According to Julie Sullivan-Springhetti of the Multnomah County Health Department, inspectors looked at food ingredients and temperature control. They also took food samples. The results and the cause of the sicknesses are not yet known.
She said the school called the department at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday. The students reported feeling sick between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. that day.
There were no hospitalizations and no new cases have been reported, Sullivan-Springhetti said.
An outdoor school spokesman promised to get to the bottom of the illnesses before the next round of students arrive at the same site Sunday.
Corrections: An earlier version indicated the investigation was pointing toward a food temperature control problem. The results of the test are not yet known. Only sixth-graders attend outdoor school, not K-8 as earlier stated.