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Norovirus Alert

You may have read about a gastrointestinal illness, known as Norovirus, that is affecting schools in the County of Sacramento.  Symptoms include vomiting and diarrhea many times a day.

 

As of May 8, we have not had any confirmed Norovirus cases in our school or in the district. However, we have had children and staff members experience some of the symptoms. As a precautionary measure, we are asking you to help us keep our students, staff and visitors healthy. The Norovirus is highly contagious and spreads rapidly. You can help us by taking the following steps if you have a sick child who is vomiting or has diarrhea.

 

  1. It is critical that you please keep your students at home if they have had symptoms of vomiting, diarrhea or fever until 48 hours after the symptoms have been resolved.  If you take your child to the doctor’s office, please ask your health care provider about providing stool samples to rule out Norovirus.

 

  1. Notify the school to report your child’s illness.

 

Our school and district are taking proactive steps to prevent the Norovirus. In situations where students or staff members have experienced symptoms, classrooms and other areas have been deep cleaned, and students and staff have been asked not to return to the school until they are symptom-free for two days. We are also working closely with the Sacramento County Health Department.

Key facts and a prevention tip sheet are attached. If you have any questions, please contact the Sacramento County Public Health Department at 916-875-5881. 

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