East Marion Elementary Continues To Battle Illness Outbreak
Published October 7th, 2013
SILVER SPRINGS, Fla. -- Hundreds of elementary school students are finding themselves home sick as a nasty illnesses sweeps through East Marion Elementary.
"It shocked me that there was that many kids sick, and all I didn't know what was going around," William Chapman said.
Willard Chapman's granddaughter was one of the first students complaining of an upset stomach.
"Thursday she said her stomach was hurting her and she had the dry heaves that night," he said.
Since then, the school has been battling a quickly spreading infection. Hundreds of students at East Marion Elementary have either been sent home or stayed home over the past two school days.
On Friday, 230 students were absent and additional 50 went home sick, Public Relations Officer for Marion County Schools Kevin Christian says. Monday, less than 200 students were absent and school officials say around 30 went home throughout the day.
Christian says the school is hard at work trying to clean or contain whatever may be causing the outbreak.
"They had custodians go into the school, wipe every single surface down, and then decontaminate it with a special fogger type device," he says.
Staff are also sanitizing the school buses and, as an extra precaution, even bringing in premade lunches from other district schools.
It's unsettling to parents like aren ross who's first grader curtis has remaned in school this week.
"It's a possibility, kids do share germs, so just make sure that he washes his hands 24-7" she says.
School officials say in this situation it's important to keep children home from school for 24 hours after they no longer show any symptoms to avoid recontaminating areas that were already cleaned.
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