Pam Boyd

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October 24, 2012
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Stomach bug hits Brush Creek Elementary

A stomach virus swept through Brush Creek Elementary School in Eagle last week, prompting many families to keep kids at home and requiring the school to send home several sick kids.

According to Eagle County Schools Communications Director Dan Dougherty, the virus hit its peak last week and now appears to have run its course.

"Last Friday they had about 70 children call in sick. During the course of the day, another 50 or so were sent home. Some showed specific signs of the flu, vomiting, others were showing early signs of feeling bad and were sent home out of an abundance of caution," said Dougherty. "This past week, Anne (Heckman, BCES principal) indicated only a handful of students were out due to illness, but there has been some resurgence in families where one child had it over the weekend and a second child came down with it this past week.

Dougherty said that parents have reported back that the illness was like a 24-hour stomach flu - 12 hours of misery followed by 12 hours of fatigue.

In response to the outbreak, Heckman reported that the school took extra pains with its cleaning routine. An outside crew came in to sanitize the entire building and stock each room with an approved sanitizing solution.

"Teachers and custodial staff frequently sanitized highly touched surfaces like door handles. Everyone in the building washed their hands more frequently throughout the day," Dougherty said.

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