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Posted on: November 21, 2019

[ARCHIVED] West Grand School District & Grand County Public Health Announcements


Announcement from Darrin M Peppard, Ed.D. WGSD Superintendent

The West Grand School District has experienced a sharp rise in student and staff health issues, most related to a gastrointestinal Issue or an upper respiratory issue. These health concerns are resulting in high absenteeism for kids and adults alike. While we like to push through cold and flu season, this current bout is highly contagious and spreads quickly. Having as many students and adults out sick has an adverse effect on the learning environment. 

As a result of many discussions and looking at our attendance data, West Grand School District will be dosed next Monday, November 25, and Tuesday, November 26, in addition to the dates already planned as Thanksgiving break. Beginning Friday. November 22, our schools will be closed for all activities including games and/or practices for our athletic teams. activities, and clubs. 

The school will run today, November 21st, through its normal end time. This will give teachers and students the opportunity to finish up today's work. Our buses will run on their normal schedule this evening as well. The district maintenance and custodial staff will use Monday and Tuesday for sanitizing and deep cleaning all surfaces In the district. By taking this unusual step, It is our hope and belief that staff and students will return from Thanksgiving healthy and recharged for the end of the semester. 

Thank you for your understanding, please enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday.

Announcement from Grand County Public Health

Norovirus and Viral Gastroenteritis 

Often referred to as the "stomach flu", norovirus and viral gastroenteritis are the leading causes of foodborne illness and gastrointestinal upset. This virus is not associated with the influenza virus. It is highly contagious.

The incubation period (how long from exposure to experiencing symptoms) varies but is often between 12 hours to three days and is spread person to person, by touching contaminated surfaces, or inhalation of vomit or fecal particles from an infected person. 

Signs and Symptoms

  • Low-grade Fever
  • Vomiting
  • Body Aches
  • Abdominal Cramps
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Headache

If you or someone in your family is experiencing symptoms, they should stay home. Food Handlers should not handle foods for public consumption. If vomiting or diarrhea persists, seek medical care to avoid dehydration. You should stay at home until you are symptom-free for 24 hours. There is no specific treatment or vaccine for viral gastroenteritis.

To Clean Properly

Use a disposable towel to clean visible waste. Use bleach solution ( 1 cup bleach to 1-gallon water) to disinfect surfaces. Surfaces that may be damaged by bleach, use products listed as effective against Norovirus. View List

Avoid exposure by proper handwashing. People cleaning up after a person that has vomited or had diarrhea are encouraged to wear disposable gloves, mask, and clothing covering to avoid direct contact with vomit or fecal matter.

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