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Arlington Schools sanitized after illness outbreak

Posted at 6:44 PM, Nov 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-22 19:44:20-05

ARLINGTON, Neb. (KMTV) — This time of year, it's not uncommon for schools to be shut down for snow-related reasons. Today, Arlington Public Schools were closed but it wasn't because of snow.

The Arlington Public School District says a stomach illness was increasingly getting to students. It started Wednesday and on Thursday, 70 students called out sick. The district canceled classes to clean the whole building.

Three Rivers Public Health is looking at whether the illness is norovirus which can be contagious for up to 48 hours.

The kids say they had to clean out their lockers and are making sure to keep themselves clean and healthy over the weekend.

Even though teachers and staff have been told to get what they need and stay out of the building throughout the weekend, the superintendent hopes that the virus will be out of the building and out of the systems of the students by Monday.