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St. Francis Area Schools
A PreK-12 public school district serving the communities of Athens Township, Andover, Bethel, East Bethel, Linwood Township, Nowthen, Oak Grove, St. Francis and Stanford Township

Norovirus Information

Norovirus a highly contagious virus. Norovirus infection causes gastroenteritis (inflammation of the stomach and intestines). This leads to diarrhea, vomiting and stomach pain.

Norovirus illness is often called by other names, such as food poisoning and stomach flu. It is true that noroviruses can cause food poisoning, but other germs and chemicals can also cause food poisoning. Norovirus illness in not related to the flu (influenza), which is a respiratory illness caused by influenza virus.

After consulting with the Minnesota Department of Health, Independent School District 15 administration is recommending that any student or staff member who is experiencing symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and/or stomach pain remain home for three days after the last symptom in order to prevent further transmission of this virus.

Staff and parents are asked to contact the licensed school nurse at your building to report your illness.

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