BEDFORD COUNTY (WSLS 10) – Montvale Elementary School will be closed on Friday, March 4, due to what the school is calling “an outbreak of norovirus.”
According to the school’s website, the school will be closed to prevent further spread of the virus and to allow for a thorough cleaning of the building.
Below is a copy of the letter sent home to parents on Thursday:
Dear MvES Families,
We are currently experiencing an outbreak of norovirus in our school population. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website, norovirus illness is not related to the flu (influenza), which is a respiratory illness caused by influenza virus. Montvale Elementary School will be closed on Friday, March 4, to prevent further spread of the virus and to allow for a thorough cleansing of our building.
The most common symptoms of norovirus illness are diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, and stomach pain; other symptoms may include fever, headache, and body aches. A person usually develops symptoms 12 to 48 hours after being exposed to norovirus, and most people get better within 1 to 3 days. The best way to help prevent norovirus is to practice proper hand washing and general cleanliness (
Since norovirus is very contagious, if your child is affected, he/she MUST stay home for 24 hours symptom-free before they return to school. (NO vomiting, diarrhea, or fever for 24 hours before they come back.)
Thank you for your cooperation and your help in controlling the spread of germs in our school.
Krista Moore, M.Ed.
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