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An elementary school in Fair Oaks is closed for the rest of the week after several confirmed cases of norovirus, officials said. The directive to close Harry Dewey Fundamental Elementary came from the Sacramento County Public Health Department, according to a statement from Principal Carol Stephens-Klipp. All school activities, including Friday’s school dance, are canceled while the building is being cleaned. About a quarter of the school’s student population, up to 100 students, have stayed home sick in the past couple weeks due to norovirus-like symptoms, according to the San Juan Unified School District. “Some stomach issues going around, vomiting, nausea among students and some staff members too,” district spokesperson Raj Rai said.Norovirus is a highly contagious virus that causes vomiting and diarrhea. People can get norovirus from having direct contact with an infected person, consuming food or water that’s been contaminated or touching a contaminated surface and then putting unwashed hands in your mouth, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The school said it will work with the health department to reopen by Monday, May 20. “Any and every surface that we can get a hold of and clean off that will be done to ensure that by Monday the facility is as clean as possible so that it’s a safe environment for our students to come back to,” Rai said.Students will need to be symptom-free for 48 hours before returning to school, officials said. The school district is filing paperwork with the state for a waiver to see if students can get the three missed days excused or if those days will need to be made up.

FAIR OAKS, Calif. (KCRA) —
An elementary school in Fair Oaks is closed for the rest of the week after several confirmed cases of norovirus, officials said.
The directive to close Harry Dewey Fundamental Elementary came from the Sacramento County Public Health Department, according to a statement from Principal Carol Stephens-Klipp.

All school activities, including Friday’s school dance, are canceled while the building is being cleaned.
About a quarter of the school’s student population, up to 100 students, have stayed home sick in the past couple weeks due to norovirus-like symptoms, according to the San Juan Unified School District.
“Some stomach issues going around, vomiting, nausea among students and some staff members too,” district spokesperson Raj Rai said.

Norovirus is a highly contagious virus that causes vomiting and diarrhea. People can get norovirus from having direct contact with an infected person, consuming food or water that’s been contaminated or touching a contaminated surface and then putting unwashed hands in your mouth, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The school said it will work with the health department to reopen by Monday, May 20.
“Any and every surface that we can get a hold of and clean off that will be done to ensure that by Monday the facility is as clean as possible so that it’s a safe environment for our students to come back to,” Rai said.
Students will need to be symptom-free for 48 hours before returning to school, officials said.
The school district is filing paperwork with the state for a waiver to see if students can get the three missed days excused or if those days will need to be made up.

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