Flu outbreak closes elementary school in Florissant - KMOV.com

Flu outbreak closes elementary school in Florissant

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FLORISSANT, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

An outbreak of a stomach virus in Florissant has forced an elementary school to close its doors on Friday.

At St. Norbert Catholic School on New Halls Ferry, so many students and teachers have fallen ill with the virus that the school decided to have a day off on Friday to allow time to recover and clean.

School administrators said it has been hard to provide a quality education with more than one in five of the school's 335 students out sick this week. Imagining how the illness has spread, however, is much easier.

"It's very easy. Kids not washing their hands, everybody touching everything. They put it in their mouths, they rub their eyes," said Latrice Young, who said she and her son had the bug.

St. Norbert is not the first school in the area to close due to sickness. Last week in Washington, Missouri, South Point Elementary School was closed for two days to allow students and staff to recover from a stomach virus and to thoroughly clean the school.

Officials at St. Norbert expect classes to resume on Monday, which they hope will be enough time for the outbreak to recede.

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