Sage Canyon Elementary School reopens after spread of virus

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — School was back to normal for Sage Canyon students and staff Tuesday.

Attendance was at 96 percent and no students or staff members were sent home ill or complained of any symptoms similar to the virus seen last week.

Del Mar Union School District continues to work with the County of San Diego, Health and Human Services Agency in their efforts to determine the source of the outbreak and the specific virus.

5/26/2016 — Sage Canyon Elementary School announced Thursday that classes were canceled on Friday, May 27.

As you may know, multiple students and staff members at Sage Canyon School came down with nausea and vomiting yesterday due to a suspected virus. To prevent further spread of this suspected virus, Sage Canyon School will be closed on Friday, May 27, 2016. If you have children in the After School Program, we are requesting you pick your child up as soon as possible.  The After School Program will remain open until 6:00 p.m. today or until every child is picked up.
 
The Del Mar Union School District is working closely with the County of San Diego Public Health Department to support their efforts to identify the source of the outbreak. District staff, with support from the County and experts contracted through the San Diego County Office of Education, will be thoroughly disinfecting and sanitizing the campus, from classrooms to common areas, including air filters, hard surfaces, and carpets.  Sage Canyon School will reopen on Tuesday, May 31, after the Memorial Day holiday.
 
Although not confirmed, it is suspected that students and staff may be infected with norovirus, a virus that causes a gastrointestinal illness that typically lasts for 1-3 days.  Such viruses usually resolve without treatment, although it is important to stay hydrated if you are ill with symptoms of vomiting or diarrhea.
 
Gastrointestinal viruses are easily spread from person-to-person through direct contact with someone who is ill. To prevent further spread of illness among students and staff, we are requesting that anyone ill with vomiting and/or diarrhea stay home until they have no symptoms for at least 48 hours. Frequent handwashing with liquid soap and warm water, especially after using the restroom, is very important to limit person-to-person transmission.
 
If your child has seen a healthcare provider or is presently having diarrhea and you are willing to submit a stool specimen for testing (free of charge), please contact the County of San Diego Public Health Department at Epi.HHSA@sdcounty.ca.gov. 
 
More information about the symptoms and prevention of gastrointestinal viruses may be found at the following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention norovirus website.  If you have a question that is not answered by the CDC website, you may can contact the HHSA Epidemiology Program at 619-692-8499 during normal working hours.

Any further closures will be announced at later times.

11:00 a.m. — The Department of Health Services was contacted Wednesday after what seems to be a virus swept through a Carmel Valley school, causing nausea and vomiting during the school day, according to a letter from the school.

During the school day Wednesday, multiple students and faculty of Sage Canyon School came down with symptoms like nausea and vomiting that appeared to be caused by a virus, according to the letter signed by the school’s Principal William Cameron. Students and faculty were removed from classrooms around 10:30 a.m. Wednesday so the area could be sanitized.

The school, following the recommendations of the Department of Health Services, said healthy students should attend school Thursday but any student showing symptoms of illness remain home until they are healthy for 48 hours.

The outbreak led the school to reschedule their Open House, which was to occur Thursday evening. 

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