Grand Mesa and Mt. Garfield Middle Schools close early due to suspected norovirus

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UPDATE (1:04 pm): Due to increased absences today, Taylor Elementary School will close Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019, at 1:45 pm. Buses will pick up bus-riding students at that time. The school will remain closed for the rest of the week. School will resume after Thanksgiving Break on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019.

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — Due to increased absences Wednesday, Grand Mesa Middle School and Mt. Garfield Middle School shut down early. Mt. Garfield Middle School was closed earlier this week due to many ill, absent students, and then re-opened Wednesday. Several District 51 schools have been closed due to concerns over an illness sweeping Mesa County.

Both schools will remain closed for the rest of the week, and all extracurricular activities at those two schools are also canceled. School will resume for both buildings after Thanksgiving Break on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019.

Due to the primary symptoms reported, which include vomiting and diarrhea, Mesa County Public Health believes it is most likely norovirus that is going around the schools. Please help fight the spread of illness by reminding children and all family members to wash hands, not share personal care items, and to remain home from school and other public places for at least 24 hours after symptoms stop.

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