ROCKDALE COUNTY, Ga. — A Rockdale County elementary school has shut down after more than 100 students came down with norovirus.
Pine Street Elementary School has 667 students. On Friday, there were 100 students and eight staff members out sick. Monday, they had 93 students and 18 staff members out and Tuesday, there were 98 students and 16 staff members out sick.
Because of the high number of students and staff who have come down with the gastrointestinal illness, officials decided to close down the school Wednesday and Thursday.
“As the health of our students and staff is our top priority, Pine Street Elementary will be closed on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 and Thursday, March 21, 2019.
We plan to reopen on Friday, March 22, 2019 but ask that you continue to keep sick children home until they are free from vomiting or diarrhea for 24 hours without medication,” Principal Kim Vier wrote in a letter sent home to parents.
The school says it is working with the Rockdale County Health Department to determine the cause of the illness and try to stop it from spreading any farther.
The school provided the following information to parents about norovirus.
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