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Stomach bug hitting some Wake schools

Posted March 27, 2013
Updated March 28, 2013

— A stomach bug with symptoms similar to norovirus is apparently hitting some Wake County schools.

Dozens of students have been out sick with symptoms of the virus, including vomiting and severe nausea.

Renee McCoy, a spokeswoman for the Wake County Public School System, said she has not been alerted to an increase of absences but that in order for the school system to track "an outbreak" of something, students would have to be out at least three days and provide a doctor's note.

With the spring holiday, she said, it likely won't be until next week before the district can determine if there is an increased number of absences.

Wake County Public Health Division Director Sue Lynn Ledford says this type of illness among a group like students is common this time of year.

She says it's a great opportunity to encourage and remind people about the importance of hand-washing and isolation.

"In other words, if you're sick, please stay home while you're sick," Ledford said.

She said it's also an ideal time to make sure that schools are following the proper cleaning protocols.

She said parents should be encouraged because the Wake school system has outstanding cleaning processes.


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  • Likestobearrogant Mar 28, 2013

    out of school for the next 1o day's... nope sorry Mr. know it all; we go back on Tues!

  • Likestobearrogant Mar 28, 2013

    I am missing work again today to be home with my son; who has been tracked out for the past 2 weeks. However he plays ball with others who are in school right now so this is good information.
    Plus kids and parents are stuck due to the YOUR CHILD MUST NOT MISS SCHOOL!!! My son missed 5 day since July and I got a nasty letter home about it.. really did you want me to send him to school with the stomach bug that hit in Sept, or influenza A he had in Dec?

  • imback Mar 28, 2013

    There's a cafeteria joke in here somewhere.

  • beaupeep Mar 28, 2013

    "If this bug is at a school at which your child is enrolled, you're aware. Otherwise, why would you need/want to know?"

    Gee, I don't know. Maybe because kids play with kids from other schools? Maybe because kids in my neighborhood go to at least 3 different elementaries, 2 middles and 3 high schools? Maybe because schools go to other schools for sports? Maybe because churches utilize these facilities this Sunday when the Xmas and Easter Christians will be out?

  • rbenton Mar 28, 2013

    My daughter has been so sick this year! Off and on, random times, no rhyme or reason. I am starting to feel like a bad parent she has missed so much school!

  • OleNCNative Mar 28, 2013

    A lot of parents will send their kids to school no matter what. And a lot of stressed out high schoolers would rather go to school sick than miss a test.

  • Whatthehey Mar 28, 2013

    Probably happens at other schools too, but at orientation for incoming freshmen the Athens' principal tells them they must not miss school unless really, really sick. Plus, schools give awards for perfect attendance, celebrating students who obviously came sick some days. Though horrible for students & faculty, there is a rationale: this ridiculous block scheduling means a student misses the equivalent of two days for every day out, and it is very difficult to make up tests. Hard on ill faculty who must find their own substitutes, and then classes are pushed to get back on track whether the teacher missed or the student missed. Block scheduling needs to be discontinued and the schools need to offer alternatives for making up tests and work, e.g. supervised after-school testing sessions or take-home tests.

  • axepack Mar 28, 2013

    From a teacher friend, it has hit the Athens Drive HS faculty as well.

  • LuvLivingInCary Mar 28, 2013

    out of place news since school is out and out for the next 10 days.

  • archmaker Mar 28, 2013

    helpful fact for the day: alcohol-based hand sanitizers DOES NOT kill the norovirus. feel free to use this in conjunction, but not as a substitute for washing your hands with soap and water (for two minutes - sing the happy birthday song or abc's in your head twice if you want to know how long it really takes to kill germs).