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Westfield elementary school having e-learning day after "large number" of students, staff become sick

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Posted at 4:18 PM, Oct 06, 2022
and last updated 2022-10-07 12:32:55-04

WESTFIELD — Westfield Washington Schools says a "large number" of students and staff at Oak Trace Elementary School have gotten sick over the last two days.

An exact number was not given, but the school says those affected have common symptoms of vomiting and upset stomach.

Due to the illnesses, the school is having an e-learning day on Friday, Oct. 7. The building will be closed so deep cleaning can take place.

All Friday activities at Oak Trace will be canceled, including BAC, in-person instruction, clubs and Movie Night.

The Hamilton County Health Department says signs and symptoms of the illness include stomach upset, vomiting and/or diarrhea.

"Most of those affected should recover with supportive care, clear liquids [and a] bland diet. For those who appear to be dehydrated (no tears when crying, sunken eyes, dry mouth, muscle cramps, etc.) parents should consult their health care provider," Janice VanMetre, Hamilton County Health Department Director of Nursing, said in an email.