Over 200 students, 23 teachers impacted by stomach virus


7 NEWS AT 6:00 STARTS NOW. UNS OF CHILDREN ARE OUT OF SCHOOL IN ANDERSON COUNTY AFTER A STOMACH BUG SPREAD THROUGH THE ACADEMY OF ARTS. IT HIT UP TO TWO DOZEN TEACHERS. NICOLE, WHAT ARE PARENTS AND TEACHERS SAYING ABOUT THE ILLNESS? IF YOUR STUDENT IS IN ELEMENTARY AT CALHOUN COUNTY ACADEMY OF ARTS, THEY SHOULD HAVE BROUGHT HOME A LETTER OUTLINING THE STOMACH BUG AND ALERTING YOU TO HUNDREDS OF ABSENCES. SOME PARENTS SAY THEY SHOULD HAVE BEEN NOTIFIED OF THIS ISSUE LONG BEFORE RECEIVING THE LETTER. A SUNNY, WARM DAY IN ANDERSON COUNTY MEANS OUTSIDE RECESS FOR CALHOUN ACADEMY OF ARTS STUDENTS. NEARLY A THIRD OF STUDENTS ARE MISSING FROM THIS PLAYGROUND FOR THE SECOND DAY IN A ROW. WE NOTICED MORE THAN NORMAL WERE OUT OF SCHOOL. THROUGHOUT THE DAY, MANY STARTED GETTING SICK. A LOT OF TEACHERS STARTED GETTING SICK. IN FACT, ON WEDNESDAY, 177 STUDENTS AND 21 TEACHERS DIDN’T SHOW UP OR FELL ILL DURING THE DAY. BY THURSDAY, THE NUMBERS GREW TO 202 202 — 202 STUDENTS AND 23 TEACHERS. THEY’RE GOING TO GET SICK. SOMETHING MAJOR HAS HAPPENED FOR THAT MANY PEOPLE TO BE SICK. THIS WASN’T THE FLU BUT A GASTRO INTESTINAL ILLNESS. SYMPTOMS CAME ON FAST. SHE THREW UP SEVERAL TIMES IN THE CAR BEFORE WE GOT HOME. SHE THREW UP THE WHOLE ENTIRE NIGHT. WITH CHILDREN FALLING ILL LEFT AND NIGHT, PARENTS WANT TO KNOW WHY THEY WEREN’T NOTIFIED. WE WERE TOLD AFTERSCHOOL ACTIVITIES WERE CANCELED AND POSTPONED. WE WERE NEVER NOTIFIED THERE WAS THAT MANY PEOPLE SICK. THE DISTRICT TOLD ME WHILE THE PRINCIPAL TRIED REACHING OUT TO A NUMBER OF PARENTS, THEY COULDN’T GET THE INFORMATION OUT BEFORE IT HIT SOCIAL MEDIA. IF THEY DON’T FEEL THEY WERE PROPERLY INFORMED, OBVIOUSLY THAT SPEAKS TO US. WE’LL DRY — WE’LL TRY TO DO A JR. JOB REACHING OUT — DO A BETTER JOB REACHING OUT TO THEM. THEY ASK YOU KEEP YOUR KIDS HOME IF THEY HAVE ANY SYMPTOMS OF THIS STOMACH BUG. WITH NEARLY TWO DOZEN TEACHERS NOT IN SCHOOL, THE QUESTION WAS RAISED HOW CAN THE SCHOOL BE OPEN. THE DISTRICT TELLS ME THEY HAVE BROUGHT IN A NUMBER OF SUBSTITUTES TO FILL THE HOLES

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