GROTON, MASS. (WHDH) – Florence Roche Primary School in Groton will be in session Tuesday as scheduled, the superintendent announced Monday.
The school has undergone an extensive, COVID-compliant clean and liability will be extended while students are in attendance, Superintendent Laura Chesson said in an email.
The email said staff who were symptomatic are staying home until they are symptom-free for 72 hours and advised parents to follow the same guideline for their children. A total of four employees reported symptoms throughout the weekend.
The decision came after 211 Florence Roche students reported symptoms to school officials and another 30 reported symptoms after data was collected on Monday’s school closure.
“If your student has been symptom-free but appears to have a loss of appetite and/or is not eating favorite foods, please consider keeping them at home to monitor for the possible onset of symptoms, which may last 12 to 48 hours,” guessed Chesson.
The cause of the virus is still being determined, although three teachers have agreed to be tested for norovirus. NLV is difficult to detect in a lab, the superintendent said, and few labs in the state can do it, meaning testing is only done in special circumstances.
“As other causes have currently been ruled out,” she said, “we were advised to treat this as norovirus.”
Officials ruled out other causes of the disease after inspecting the cafeteria food, testing the building for leaks or contamination and reviewing cleaning procedures.
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