Serious virus closes Albany school

Administrators with Greater Albany Public Schools announced that they will be closing Periwinkle Elementary School on Monday.

Posted: Nov 23, 2019 7:37 PM
Updated: Nov 25, 2019 10:17 AM

ALBANY, Ore. -- Administrators with Greater Albany Public Schools announced that they will be closing Periwinkle Elementary School on Monday, Nov. 25. 

This comes after a serious stomach virus spread throughout Albany public schools, leaving hundreds of kids sick and some even hospitalized.

Schools across the district were sanitized over the weekend after the sickness spread to many students. 

Superintendent Melissa Goff of Greater Albany Public Schools posted a warning on their Facebook page that updated parents on the virus spreading through the schools.

The virus has been affecting hundreds of people throughout Albany and has apparently spread into multiple schools, including Periwinkle Elementary School. 

Ryder True, a second grader at Periwinkle Elementary, had to be hospitalized on Thursday night after hours of vomiting, dry heaving and a high fever. 

"Next thing you know Ryder sat up and started vomiting everywhere, and it never stopped. So about 3 a.m. we finally got up and took him into the ER," Ryder's mom, Karen True, said.

True said around 70 to 100 kids were out sick at the Albany Boys and Girls Club. 

"I'm in a group text with Ryder's entire basketball team, the parents of that team, and almost all the parents responded that their kids were sick the same night," True said. 

Goff said the symptoms from the virus come on suddenly, and some of them include a fever of 100 degrees or higher, feeling fatigue, and muscle or body aches.

Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, which is more common in children than adults.

Goff said if your child is affected, you should make sure you keep them at home until they have been fever-free or have not vomited for at least 48 hours to help prevent the virus from spreading.

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