Sickness Causes Drop In Attendance At One Craven County School

Jan 30, 2018

An elementary school in Craven County is still experiencing a drop in attendance after two cases of the flu and case of norovirus were confirmed last week. 

On Friday, Bridgeton Elementary School reported 140 students absent from class.  That accounts for about one third of the student population.  Over the weekend, a cleaning crew at the school disinfected the classrooms, media center and cafeteria. Health Director with the Craven County Health Department Scott Harrelson.

“We’ve seen type A influenza, type B influenza and one child was actually confirmed with norovirus. Now we’re in the process of trying to confirm the GI illness.”

Students should only return to school 48 hours after symptoms have subsided. According to Director of Public Relations for Craven County Schools Jennifer Wagner, Bridgeton Elementary School reported 53 absences Monday with parents communicating symptoms related to a stomach virus.