Sick students has APS in clean-up mode

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A rash of sick kids has Albuquerque Public Schools working hard to clean up an elementary school.

The nurse’s office at Dolores Gonzales Elementary was especially busy this week the district says a stomach bug is to blame.

A letter was sent home to parents yesterday letting them know what’s going on and what to keep an eye out for, as APS says this bug is contagious.

“Well, as a mom, you take your child’s health into consideration,” Patricia Begay said.

Patricia Begay says her second grade son seems to be doing okay.

“He hasn’t had stomach problems.”

But APS says at least ten kids missed class over the last week at the southwest Albuquerque elementary school because of some kind of bug.

“Students were going to the nurse’s office this past week complaining of gastrointestinal problems,” APS spokesperson Rigo Chavez said.

APS says they closed the cafeteria yesterday just in case something there was the cause.

They’re taking more drastic measures this weekend.

“The entire school building will be disinfected,” Chavez said.

APS isn’t sure exactly what kind of illness they’re dealing with, but in that letter, parents are told about the Norovirus and how to protect against it.

It’s the nasty and highly contagious culprit that caused two cruise ships to cut their time at sea short earlier this year.

With things expected to be back to normal on Monday, Begay says her son will be back in the classroom.

“It’s a school. There are a lot of kids there from different homes, different environments.”

APS says they dealt with a similar incident at Georgia O’Keefe Elementary last year.

The Centers for Disease Control says washing your hands is the easiest way to protect yourself from things like the Norovirus. It can be deadly in young children.

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