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CENTENNIAL – This week an outbreak of the norovirus prompted the closure of a school in Centennial. It is a good reminder to wash your hands and take other basic measures to stay healthy, something that is always important during the cold and flu season

Norovirus infection occurs in the stomach and intestines and is caused by a specific group of viruses. It is most often called the stomach flu. The viruses can spread through a variety of ways, including:

  • Surfaces, such as a door knob
  • Food and drinks prepared by infected food handlers who do not wash their hands properly after using the bathroom
  • The viruses can also spread by direct contact with an ill person. This is common in schools, day care centers or nursing homes.

READ MORE: Norovirus Information and Tips from our partners at Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children

MORE INFORMATION: Centers for Disease Control norovirus resources

Again, simple measures – including washing hands – can help avoid exposure to illnesses including norovirus and the common cold.

READ MORE: Remember: Wash hands, cover sneezes & stay home when sick
TAKE ACTION: DCSD Attendance Policy



December 14, 2016 | By rmbarber | Category:

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It may look like a plain, white shipping container was just parked on the backyard grounds of Mountain Vista High School. The contents of the container are anything but plain, though. Walking inside the container, different colors of ambient lighting glow, futuristic-looking equipment and tall towers are suspended from the ceiling, and the humidity level is set to 70 percent. The container has been recycled into a new kind of learning opportunity for students.