Health & Safety Alert – Norovirus

A number of children who have been in and out of the school building this week have been infected with the Norovirus (Norwalk Virus).

In effort to control the spread, the school has taken the following measures:

1. Contacted Environmental Health and SD57 Board Office for advice.
2. Closed the Daycare for full cleaning on May 11
3. Brought in additional custodial staff on May 10 to sanitize 1st floor washrooms, Daycare, Strong Start, MP Room
4. Informed parents of Pod A – B students with newsletters on May 10-11. (see below)

In addition, we are advising all staff and students to take special care with hand washing and to remain at home if feeling sick with stomach flu-like symptoms.

What are the symptoms?

The symptoms of gastroenteritis caused by the noroviruses include nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, and abdominal (belly) pain. Diarrhoea and vomiting can cause dehydration. You may have a headache and fever of less than 37.8°C (100°F). A mild and brief illness usually develops 24 to 48 hours after you eat or drink contaminated food or water and lasts for 24 to 60 hours. Only in rare cases does a person get very sick or have to go to the hospital.

Please inform the office if any student becomes ill with these symptoms so we can sanitize the room.

For more information: http://www.healthlinkbc.ca/kb/content/special/ug2076.html#ug2076-sec.