District 51 Closes All Schools

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MESA COUNTY, Colo.

You won’t see school zone signs flashing anytime soon. That’s because District 51 decided to shut down all the schools because of a gastrointestinal virus that’s been sweeping through hallways, affecting hundreds of students, and closing school doors. Now, some parents think the school district has handled this well, others say, it’s about time.

All District 51 schools will be closed until after Thanksgiving break. This comes after multiple school closures from what was described as an unknown illness, and now the district says there are possibly two viruses affecting students. Symptoms for both viruses include vomiting, but this second virus also causes fever.

District 51 says custodians will be working tirelessly to disinfect schools during the break.

District 51 Superintendent, Diana Sirko says, “We have never before had to close all schools in the district due to illness.”

If you would like more information on the gastrointestinal illness outbreak, and what you can do to prevent it, go to the link: https://health.mesacounty.us/

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