Rocky Mountain Elementary School closes because of illness

CLIFTON, Colo. (KKCO) Rocky Mountain Elementary School in Clifton is going to be closed Wednesday because of an increase in absences this week. The district hopes closing the school will minimize the spread of any illness.

According to School District 51 officials, the school had additional disinfecting Monday and will be disinfected again Tuesday night.

It is the third school in the district to close because of illness.

It is expected to re-open on Thursday.

Palisade High School closed last week after more than 300 students were out sick.

It reopened Monday of this week, after the district says crews did a deep clean of the school.

Mt. Garfield Middle School also shut down recently because of illness and is expected to re-open on Wednesday.

Mesa County Public Health believes norovirus is to blame for the recent school closures.

The Superintendent for School District 51, Dr. Diana Sirko, put out a statement that says in part, "The health and safety of our students and staff is our top priority." It goes on to say, "We are receiving questions about why the entire district is not being closed. At this time, the small number of schools impacted, in relation to our 46 schools districtwide, does not warrant a districtwide closure. We will continue to monitor every school and make decisions on closures based on individual school needs. If your child is sick, please keep them home and do not have them return to school until they have been symptom-free for at least 24 hours."

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