School reopens after norovirus outbreak

Posted at 5:25 AM, May 31, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-31 10:26:17-04
CARMEL VALLEY, Calif. – Sage Canyon School is reopening after a suspected norovirus outbreak forced it to close last week. 
The Del Mar Union School District closed the K-6 school on Friday, May 27, after dozens of students and staff came down with symptoms of norovirus. With help from San Diego County Public Health Services, district staff spent the Memorial Day weekend disinfecting and sanitizing the campus. 
District Superintendent Dr. Holly McClurg has not spoken publicly about the illness, instead only issuing statements via the district website. The latest memo reads:
“We are happy to let you know that the Sage Canyon School was cleaned by a professional company and the cleaning has been completed.  We are looking forward to seeing staff and students back at school on Tuesday, May 31, 2016.”
Dr. Eric McDonald with San Diego County Health and Human Services said there have been 20 norovirus outbreaks in various parts of the county this year so far. If this latest incident is confirmed, it would be the fourth reported norovirus outbreak at a San Diego County school this academic year.
Norovirus is a gastrointestinal virus that can cause vomiting and diarrhea. It typically lasts one to three days. It can be spread through direct contact or fecally contaminated food or water. 
The open house at Sage Canyon School scheduled for last week was postponed until Tuesday.