Albany schools cancel all classes for rest of week

Dramatic move made after talking with health experts.

Posted: Nov 25, 2019 6:20 PM
Updated: Nov 25, 2019 7:29 PM

ALBANY, Ore. -- Administrators with Greater Albany Public Schools announced they will be closing all district schools for the remainder of the week.

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

Officials from Linn Public Health said they were testing the virus today to figure out what exactly it is. 

"It has been sent to the lab, and it's being looked at right now, but we haven't had the results back, it very much looks like norovirus," said Todd Noble, Health Administrator. 


Schools across the district were sanitized over the weekend after the sickness spread to many students, but Periwinkle Elementary was disinfected today as well. 

Officials said if the virus did turn out to be norovirus, hand sanitizer would not be enough to disinfect you or surfaces containing the germs. 

They said that hot soapy water was the best way to disinfect after being in contact with the virus.

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.

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.

A spokesman with the Albany Public Schools, Andrew Tomsky, said the school district was doing the best they could to prevent the spread of the virus. 

"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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