We have recently experienced a high number of cases of gastroenteritis (stomach flu) at St. Ignatius. In addition to the approximately 50 students who called in sick today, we have sent more than 90 students home today after suddenly becoming ill with the stomach flu at school. As this number of students represents a significant percentage of our community, we wanted to contact you to keep you abreast of the situation. We have been in contact with the San Francisco Department of Public Health, and they have advised us that it would appropriate to thoroughly sanitize and deeply clean the entire building. We have called in extra maintenance staff to be sure that this will be done over the next 24 hours. Therefore, the school will be closed and all on-campus events will be cancelled for tomorrow, February 1.
School will resume on Thursday, February 2 with Day 4 of our regularly scheduled classes. Students do not have an activity during our X period, so they should plan on being at school before 9:15 am. Students who have a zero period class should attend that class beginning at its regularly scheduled start time, 7:30 am.
If your child is experiencing any symptoms related to an upset stomach, fever, diarrhea, or vomiting, please keep your child home for at least seventy-hours after vomiting has ceased or after his or her fever has abated. Most gastroenteritis improves with rest and fluids. However, if you have questions or concerns, then please do not hesitate to contact your students’ medical care provider. You do not have to bring a doctor’s note for children to return to school.
Please encourage your child to adopt healthy habits to prevent all types of infection, especially washing hands often and refraining from touching eyes, nose, or mouth and not sharing personal items. You may find more information by clicking here.
We are confident that through these measures we will get healthy very soon.