Carver Elementary in Long Beach Remains Shuttered Due to Norovirus Outbreak

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LONG BEACH (CNS) - Carver Elementary School in Long Beach will remain closed Monday due to a norovirus outbreak.

Long Beach Unified officials announced last week that the campus was being shuttered due to the outbreak, with the school expected to remain closed until Wednesday.

The decision to close the school and child care was made after authorities consulted with health officials with Long Beach Health and Human Services.

"We know that a sudden school closure creates challenges, and we apologize for the impact upon our families. Your child's health and the safety of our educational environment is of utmost importance to us," officials wrote in a letter that was sent to parents.

City health officials said more than 120 students and 10 staff members may have been affected by the outbreak.

Norovirus is highly contagious and causes vomiting, diarrhea, nausea and abdominal pain. It can spread through contact with an infected person's poop or vomit.

When the school reopens, students and staff who are experiencing symptoms of norovirus are being asked not to report to campus until they have stopped having symptoms for 48 hours.

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