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Cedar Rapids school closed Friday due to illness

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -

St. Matthew Catholic Elementary School in Cedar Rapids is closed Friday due to illness. According to the principal, 50% of Alternative Kindergarten-5th graders were sick Thursday due to the illness. The school contacted the Linn County Public Health Department, which believes the outbreak is of gastrointestinal illness.

The school will be cleaned before Monday.

AK-5th is closed Friday. The Early Childhood Center will be open because that center has not had the high rates of illness.

Below is an email from the school to parents:

"Today at St. Matthew's we had 50% of our Alternative Kindergarten through 5th grade students absent due to illness. We contacted the Linn County Public Health department and they have visited our school. This agency came and investigated reports of students and staff experiencing symptoms of vomiting and diarrhea. These symptoms appear to be the result of an outbreak of gastrointestinal illness. They do not believe it to be food related. The Linn County Health Department has given us a protocol for additional cleaning, which has been taking place throughout the school.

In an abundance of caution, we have made a local decision to close St. Matthew's Elementary School on Friday, May 1st for Alternative Kindergarten through 5th grade students. This includes all AK through 5th Child Care. The Linn County Public Health Department has advised all those who are ill to be symptom free for 48 hours before returning to school. This day of no school will allow those who are ill to continue to recuperate and allow us time for additional cleaning.

The Early Childhood Center will be open on Friday, May 1st only for infants through 4 year olds. The ECC portion of the building has not been experiencing high rates of this illness.

I appreciate your understanding in this matter. The safety and well being of all of our students is always our primary concern. Attached is additional information that has been made available by the Linn County Health Department."


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