Health & Medicine

Elementary school in Fair Oaks closed following confirmed cases of norovirus

A Fair Oaks elementary school has canceled all classes and activities for the rest of this week following multiple confirmed cases of norovirus.

Harry Dewey Fundamental Elementary School is closing Wednesday through Friday under directive from the county health department, principal Carol Stephens-Klipp said in a statement Tuesday.

“All activities at the school, including Discovery Club (after-school program), will be cancelled while the school undergoes a deep cleaning,” the statement said.

The statement says the school has faced a large amount of absences, “with students reporting symptoms of vomiting, nausea and diarrhea.”

The elementary school says students must be symptom-free for at least 48 hours before returning to campus when it reopens Monday.

No other schools have been closed in San Juan Unified School District, which noted in a statement that the symptoms have been observed in some staff members, as well as students.

The number of confirmed norovirus cases was not known.

Norovirus is a contagious virus, sometimes referred to as the stomach flu. Symptoms typically last one to three days.

Michael McGough anchors The Sacramento Bee’s breaking news reporting team, covering public safety and other local stories. A Sacramento native and lifelong capital resident, he interned at The Bee while attending Sacramento State, where he earned a degree in journalism.