A gastrointestinal illness forced Rosehill Elementary to cancel classes Thursday.
Shawnee Mission School District Spokeswoman Leigh Anne Neal said about 40 children and a few staff members went home sick today. By this afternoon, the problem had become so widespread that the school decided to cancel all classes on Thursday in order to clean and sanitize the entire building. The school reported the outbreak to the public health department.
Neal said about 549 students attend Rosehill in Lenexa. The outbreak happened on the first day for kindergarten students and the third day for other students.
“The timing is never good to be ill, but the first of week of school is a bit disheartening,” Neal said.
A health department official said no other area schools had reported similar absences.
The district has asked anyone experiencing the symptoms to remain home from school or work until they are symptom free for at least 24 hours. They have also asked parents to stress thorough hand washing to prevent germs.