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May 17, 2019
Health Information: Norovirus Alert

Dear Parents:
This notice is to provide you information about a recent increase in students presenting with a common virus called Norovirus at the School for the Deaf and the School for the Visually Impaired. According to the Louisiana Office of Public Health, noroviruses are often referred to as the “stomach flu” and present with symptoms such as: 

  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Fever
  • Vomiting
  • Abdominal cramps
  • Chills
  • Weakness
As part of the district’s health and safety measures and to prevent further contamination, any students experiencing these symptoms are being sent home. If your child has any of these symptoms, please do not send them to school. Students must be symptom-free for 24 hours before they are allowed to return.

All group student activities, outside normal classroom instruction, are being reviewed by district and school leaders to determine the best plan of action. Therefore, some activities may be cancelled or postponed. School leaders will inform parents, students, and school staff of any changes to previously scheduled events.

Meanwhile, the SSD recommends practicing proper precautions, such as thoroughly washing hands and disinfecting commonly used items (i.e. doorknobs, phones, light switches, bathroom fixtures, linens). District personnel have been working diligently to decontaminate all common areas such as dormitories, classrooms, and the cafeteria. More information on Norovirus can be found here.

For questions related to this notice please contact your school administration. You may also email the district office at ssdcommunications@la.gov.

Thank you in advance for helping us keep our students and staff healthy.

Louisiana’s Special School District
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