Mountain Meadow Elementary school closed Friday, May 8 | Norovirus update

Mountain Meadow Elementary will be closed tomorrow, May 8, after an outbreak of Norovirus swept through the school. White River School District Director of secondary education Mike Hagadone said the decision was made in order to create the best learning environment for kids.

Mountain Meadow Elementary will be closed tomorrow, May 8, after an outbreak of Norovirus swept through the school.

White River School District Director of secondary education Mike Hagadone said the decision was made in order to create the best learning environment for kids.

“We felt we would be better off if we took a step back and let everybody have a chance to recover and come back strong on Monday,” Hagadone said.

Extra custodial staff will be brought into the school for another deep clean on Friday.

According to Hagadone, maybe a couple hundred students were absent from the school today, although he stressed many absences were not because the children were sick.

“While we had more absenses today than we had yesterday, not all those kids were exhibiting flu-like symptoms. Not even half,” said Hagadone. “In a situation like this, parents will keep children home because they don’t want them to get sick, and we understand that and support that.”

Norovirus

According to the CDC, Norovirus is highly contagious and is the most common cause of food-borne disease outbreaks in the US.

Norovirus is most contagious during the time an infected person shows symptoms, but also for the first few days after the person recovers.

Symptoms are flu-like, including diarrhea, nausea, throwing up, body aches, and stomach pains.

According to the CDC, it takes between 12 to 48 hours to develop symptoms, and recovery time varies between one to three days.

Sharing drinks and food is a common way to share the virus, but touching the same surfaces as an infected person can transfer the infection.

Because Norovirus is not a bacterial infection, it cannot be treated with antibiotics, and the CDC recommends drinking plenty of fluids to counteract any dehydration caused by Norovirus symptoms.

Reach Ray Still at rstill@courierherald.com or 360-825-2555 ext. 5058. Follow him on Twitter @rayscottstill for more news, pictures and local events.

 


Talk to us

Please share your story tips by emailing editor@courierherald.com.

To share your opinion for publication, submit a letter through our website https://www.courierherald.com/submit-letter/. Include your name, address and daytime phone number. (We’ll only publish your name and hometown.) Please keep letters to 500 words or less.

More in News

Dr. Amit Desai of St. Francis Hospital in Federal Way receives a COVID-19 vaccine on Dec. 17, 2020. Photo courtesy of CHI Franciscan
Vaccination data reveals disparities among regions and race

South King County and certain minority groups are far behind on COVID-19 vaccine goals.

In this photo taken Friday, Dec. 16, 2016, Mount Rainier fills the sky behind as a group of snowshoers head out of the Paradise area for an outing at Mount Rainier National Park, Wash. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
In this photo taken Friday, Dec. 16, 2016, Mount Rainier fills the sky behind as a group of snowshoers head out of the Paradise area for an outing at Mount Rainier National Park, Wash. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Mt. Rainier visitor dies after reported fall in Paradise area

Park staff recovered the visitor’s body Wednesday

Advance Gift Snow Avalanche did his best, but did not place in the toy group that he competed in. Courtesy photo
Elite Westminster show included Enumclaw dog and owner

Plateau pup played part in prestigious pet presentation

Gonzaga University, Spokane Washington (Shutterstock)
Honors, Dean’s, and President’s list students

Several local students were honored for their academic achievements

The Electron Powerhouse uses the Puyallup River to produce 26 megawatts of power. This is a 2009 photo of the powerhouse. Photo by Steven Pavlov / https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Senapa / CC BY-SA 4.0
Following river pollution, state fines owners of dam in east Pierce County

Electron Hydro, LLC is paying for discarded plastic sports turf that ended up in the Puyallup River

Police lights
Black Diamond police blotter | May 31 – June 6 |

Loud music, counterfeit gold and DUI

File photo by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Starbucks coming to Buckley, taking over former bank building

Local coffee scene will see new competition from the java giant

Utility work is performed in the intersection of Semanski and Warner. Photo by Ray Miller-Still
Enumclaw, Black Diamond detail upcoming road projects

Buckley will likely present their plans at the next council meeting

Most Read