PALISADE, Colo. — After Palisade High School closed due to a significant student and staff illness Thursday and Friday, it’s neighboring school, Mt. Garfield Middle School, is shutting down for the same reason Monday. Palisade High School re-opened Monday, with 41 students out for the unknown illness, but Mt. Garfield Middle is closing at 1 p.m. Monday, due to students leaving school sick.
Students who normally take the bus will be picked up by buses at the school, and parents/guardians should pick up children who are normally picked up from school.
The closure will allow school cleaning crews to disinfect the campus and buses and minimize the spread of any illness. The school will remain closed for the rest of the day today and all day Tuesday, Nov. 19.
School District 51 hopes to re-open the school on Wednesday, November 20, 2019. However, if your child is not feeling well or has been in contact with someone who is experiencing these symptoms, please stay home and do not return to school until at least 24 hours after they stop experiencing symptoms in order to stop the spread of illness.
At this time, School District 51 cannot confirm the source or cause of the illness. However, due to the fast spread and primary symptom, which is vomiting, Mesa County Public Health believes many absences at both Palisade High School last week and now Mt. Garfield Middle School have likely been caused by norovirus.