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District closes Moultrie Middle after norovirus outbreak

CHARLESTON, SC -

MT. PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) - The Charleston County School District announced Wednesday that Moultrie Middle School would be closed Thursday after multiple staff members reported having norovirus-like symptoms.

District spokesman Elliot Smalley said at least a dozen faculty members have reported symptoms, but there have been no confirmed cases of norovirus.

 

The move to close the school was a precautionary measure, Smalley said, because the school's teaching staff was so severely depleted and they wanted to prevent the spread of disease to the student body.

According to the CDC, most people with Norovirus-like symptoms get better within 1 or 2 days, and have no long-term health effects related to their illness.  The school's nurses and health officials will continue to follow DHEC protocol in monitoring symptoms and taking steps to ensure student and faculty safety district-wide.

With Spring Break scheduled for next week, the school will undergo a complete sanitizing process as recommended by DHEC. Thursday an administrator will be on hand at the school in the event parents need to pick up anything before the holiday.

Student and faculty were notified of the decision before school was dismissed Wednesday and parents were contacted via the district's automated phone messaging system.

The school district and administrators plan to reopen the school Monday, April 12.

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