ALBANY, Ore. (KOIN) — Cleaning crews are disinfecting all 21 schools in the Albany School District after a nasty stomach virus spread quickly, forcing all the schools to close through Thanksgiving week.
But after district officials saw a huge jump in students and staff absent at other schools, they made the call late in the day Monday to close all the schools Tuesday and Wednesday, ahead of the Thanksgiving break. Most of the elementary and middle schools had more than 20% of students gone.
In some cases parents kept their kids home as a precaution, but district leaders said most of the absences were due to illness.
“At that point you get concerned about if students are sharing the same space,” Superintendent Melissa Goff said. “Even if their symptoms are gone they can still be contagious and we didn’t want to be the source of spreading any of this across our community.”
The district warned that anyone sick should stay home for at least 48 hours after symptoms ended. Those symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea and sometimes a fever.
Cleaning teams are using hospital-grade disinfectant on school surfaces, from classrooms to school kitchens. They’re also cleaning laptops and Chromebooks.
School is scheduled to resume Monday.
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