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More schools closed for norovirus outbreak

Scott Elementary School, Madison Elementary School, Jefferson Junior High School and the Transitions Program at the former Cameron Elementary School will be closed Friday, March 1 in an effort to stop the spread of a norovirus that has infected a significant number of students and staff this week. All after school activities were also cancelled, and there will be no after school activities Friday.

The school will reopen Monday, March 4.

A larger-than-usual number of sick students at each of these schools were reported today. The Weld County Health Department has consulted with District 6 during this outbreak at various schools.

The incubation period for the norovirus is up to 48 hours, which means the people can be carrying the virus, spreading the virus and have no symptoms. Norovirus is also a highly contagious, hard-to-kill virus that takes very specific procedures and time to eliminate.

Extra cleaning crews will work over the next few days to disinfect every surface in these buildings. Scott Elementary School, Jefferson Junior High School and Transitions staff will not be allowed to access the building during the closure.

CLICK HERE for recommendations from the Weld County Health Department regarding cleaning procedures for norovirus containment.  Other control measures including sanitizers and disinfectants can be found HERE.