BEAVERTON, Wash. – At least 100 students at Rock Creek Elementary School are sick with norovirus, according to the Beaverton School District.
Maureen Wheeler, spokeswoman for the district, told parents in a letter that while there will be regular bus service Friday, all after-school sports and weekend activities are canceled.
She said the school is closed and is undergoing deep cleaning and disinfection.
Preetha Nair stopped by the school to find out what was going on. “I didn’t hear anything,” says Nair, “so I just drove by to see if it was really closed for anything going on.”
Nair’s son is a fifth-grader at Rock Creek Elementary School. “I just heard about it from a friend of mine,” she says, “my son is at home and he did not mention anything and then, at work, I got this information from a friend that the school is closed down and I was really surprised”
When she knew her son’s school was being cleaned, Nair said “I think that’s a great idea.”
The district contacted the Washington County Health Department Friday morning after they noticed that the morning's attendance numbers showed there were many students absent, Wheeler said.
The health department investigated and found that a virus had sickened the absent students.
Workers wearing masks and gloves were out in force at the school Friday and dumped items used to clean inside the school into a dumpster.
According to the health department, symptoms of norovirus include vomiting, diarrhea, stomach cramping, fever, chills headache, muscle aches and tiredness.
The health department says most people get better in a few days.
To lower your chances of getting this very contagious virus, the health department recommends staying home when you’re ill and washing your hands thoroughly, especially after going to the bathroom.