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Knight Elementary in Gwinnett Co. closed Friday due to virus


Knight Elementary School in Gwinnett County will be closed Friday due to a virus.

According to Gwinnett County Public Schools, the Health Department recommended the closure due to an unusually high number of students experiencing gastroenteritis.

More than 10 percent of the nearly 720 students at the school were absent Thursday after complaining of vomiting and diarrhea.

The release stated the school is expected to reopen Monday, and no other schools are impacted.

The following is the letter sent to parents from the school's principal:

Dear Parent or Guardian:

This letter is to inform you that Knight Elementary will not hold school tomorrow, Friday, November 8, 2013, based on the recommendation of public health officials. The Gwinnett County Health Department recommended the closure as a large number of our students have shown symptoms of gastroenteritis. Gastroenteritis often causes diarrhea and/or vomiting. Health officials tell us these symptoms usually develop in one to two days after exposure and most people get better in one to 10 days without medication.  

Please be assured that we are working very closely with the Gwinnett County Health Department as we follow their recommendations for cleaning the school and for monitoring our students who have become ill. In order to protect your family from this illness, health officials also recommend the following precautions:

  • Watch your child and members of your family to see if they develop diarrhea, and/or vomiting. 
  • If your child develops diarrhea, contact your child's physician. Inform your doctor that students diagnosed with gastroenteritis attend your child's school.
  • Encourage your child and family members to thoroughly wash their hands before preparing or eating food, after using the toilet, and upon returning home from school in the afternoons.
  • Alcohol-based hand sanitizers often are NOT effective against these types of viruses so be sure to use soap and water when washing your hands.

Attached you will find the Health Department's fact sheet, which includes additional information about gastroenteritis. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact your child's physician. You also may contact the Gwinnett County Health Department at (770) 339-4260.    

We anticipate that school will be held as usual on Monday, November 11. However, if your child exhibits symptoms of vomiting or diarrhea on Monday, please keep them home until they are symptom-free without medication for 24 hours.


Toni Ferguson,



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