Johnson County school fights spread of stomach bug

DESOTO, Kan. - A stomach bug sweeping through cruise ships may also be affecting kids in Johnson County. 

One Johnson County school is working to make sure the bug doesn't spread to hundreds of students in the district after 25 percent of the second grade class at Riverview Elementary had symptoms similar to Norovirus such as vomiting, diarrhea and nausea.

Custodial staff worked into the night Thursday to clean every surface in the elementary school. The district encourages parents to do their part

"Hand washing is very important. If your child has been ill that they not return to school until they're symptom free for a full 24 hours," a spokesperson for the district said.

In an effort to keep germs from spreading throughout the day, the district asked kids to eat lunch in their classrooms and rescheduled after school programs.

Dawn Rattan was disappointed to learn that she wouldn't get to see her first grader Nicky perform in his after school performance but was happy the school took efforts to control the spread of germs

"Nicky was supposed to have his first grade program today and he was really excited about it got canceled because they're trying to limit group gatherings, "she said

Other parents are reinforcing their clean rules at home to keep the germs out.

"Don't touch anything you don't need to touch. We just practice trying to be hygienically clean and Lysol everything," Riverview parent Jennifer Breniger said.

Norovirus can spread quickly. Health officials say hand washing is the best thing slow down the spread of germs.

A spokesperson for the district says school will be open Friday.

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