Barista Kids has received several emails and tweets about over one hundred students, and many staff, either absent or being sent home today because of a nasty stomach virus making its way through the high school. Students are saying the school is empty. We’ve also heard of it going around the elementary schools. Principal Earle of MHS just sent home a letter to parents explaining:
Parents and Guardians:
Our school nurses have been experiencing a high number of reported gastrointestinal type illnesses.
Typical symptoms include stomach cramping, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Less common symptoms may include low-grade fever, chills, headache, muscle aches and generalized fatigue.
Gastroenteritis is generally not serious. Most people recover in 1-4 days. Preventing dehydration with replacement fluids is very important.
There is no vaccination or treatment for the typical gastroenteritis. However, please contact your child’s primary healthcare provider with any concerns.
Most illnesses of this nature are spread from person to person. The best way to prevent the spread of gastroenteritis is by careful hand washing with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds of friction. Alcohol- based sanitizers may reduce germs in some situations, but are not a substitute for washing with soap and water.
Our custodial staff will be taking measures to thoroughly clean and disinfect our school buildings today.
We recommend all students with symptoms remain at home to help prevent infecting others and for 24 hours after all symptoms have subsided. Please call the attendance hotline in your child’s school to report their absence. Our school nurses are available for any questions you may have.
James Earle, Principal
If there’s one thing I dread more than anything it’s a stomach virus! I’m making my kids wash hands often and making them drink probiotics. Not sure if it will work, but it makes me feel hopeful.