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    Gastrointestinal Illness - Don't Share It
    Posted on 01/25/2018
    Dirty Hand

    Multiple Orca students have reported gastrointestinal illness. Public Health – Seattle & King County has been in contact with the Orca K-8 school and has begun a collaborative investigation & response plan.

    Principal Tonie has requested that the district send extra custodial staff to work on disinfecting.

    The symptoms have been similar to those of norovirus, a common cause of viral gastroenteritis outbreaks. People who have norovirus infection are typically sick for 1-2 days (though some may not totally recover for several days). Because norovirus infection is easily transmitted from person to person, we recommend you follow these guidelines to prevent spread:

    • Frequently wash your hands, especially after toileting and before eating or preparing food. Hands should be washed with warm water and soap for a minimum of 20 seconds. 
    • Immediately remove and wash clothing or linens that may be contaminated with feces or vomitus (use hot water and soap).
    • Persons who are experiencing symptoms of gastrointestinal illness can be contagious for a few days after they are feeling better. Therefore, students should not attend class and staff should not work until 48 hours after symptoms have stopped.

    If you have symptoms of a more serious illness, please contact your health care provider. For more information about norovirus, including the fact sheet in different languages, go to our website at

    If you wish to keep your child home as a precautionary measure, please call the school at 206-252-6900 to get an excused absence.