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Gus Franklin Jr. Elementary in Victorville closed after possible norovirus outbreak

VICTORVILLE, Calif. ( — Gus Franklin Jr, Elementary School was was closed Friday after multiple students fell ill with fevers, throwing up, and/or diarrhea this week.

In a Friday morning email, Adelanto Elementary Shcool District officials confirmed they currently do not have any lab confirmed cases of Norovirus or Influenza involving their students and are now working to sanitize the school, which is expected to reopen Monday.

“With additional sanitizing and the time to rest, we are hopeful our Gus Franklin Jr. students who were sick will be feeling better and will be ready to return back to their regular school day on Monday, August 26, 2019,” stated a district news release.

School officials said they’ve had additional custodial staff at the site sanitizing and disinfecting the hard surfaces throughout the school since Tuesday.

“On Wednesday we began working with the Department of Health and implemented additional precautions such as modifying our cafeteria procedures, changing the air conditioning filters, and sanitizing the buses after each route to and from Gus Franklin, Jr. School,” stated the news release.

On Thursday morning a group of about 10 parents went to the district offices on Air Expressway and were given a meeting with the Assistant Superintendent. “She listened to all of our concerns and we made a difference,” stated Marie Casarez. “I’m so glad to have a community of parents at Gus Franklin.”

Officials said they are continuing to monitor schools in Victorville and Adelanto and have modified cafeteria procedures for all of their schools.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Norovirus is a very contagious virus that causes vomiting and diarrhea. Anyone can get infected and sick with norovirus and outbreaks are common. A person usually develops symptoms 12 to 48 hours after being exposed to the virus, and most people recover within 1 to 3 days.

People are reminded to take the following precautions: 

  • ​Washing hands frequently
  • Covering mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing
  • Avoiding touching eyes, nose, or mouth
  • Avoiding sharing food or drink with others
  • Limiting contact with others when sick

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