Illness sweeps D-51 schools, concerned parent speaks out

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MESA COUNTY, Colo. — Over the last several days, illness has been sweeping through the corridors District 51 school buildings, affecting a large number of students and staff members. We spoke with a parent concerned about sending her kids to school, and she offered her solution.

I don’t want it to spread here. With them going to school and bringing it home… I’m disinfecting pretty much every day.

Tawnya Meyer, Mom of Mesa View Elementary School student

Mesa County Public Health and D-51 School Officials have mentioned the illness to be norovirus, but have not confirmed the illness.

Mesa County Public Health is tracking it, and they believe, given the symptoms, and the way its spreading; probably norovirus.

Emily Shockley, School District 51

For me to get it, and my kids to get it, we will pass it, obviously off to my husband… and that’s not good. He doesn’t need it. He’s our income right now. I think they need to close it all down. I understand there is four days left of school already, but let’s prevent it from spreading.

Tawnya Meyer, Mom of Mesa View Elementary School student

KREX 5 will continue to follow this illness hitting students on the Western Slope.

If you have a student or family member who wants to speak out regarding your concerns or experiences with this illness, send us a message on our Facebook page, “@KREXTV”, or email us at

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