Union County school closed after Norovirus outbreak

A Union County Christian school will be closed on Friday as officials scrub classrooms to get rid of a potential Norovirus outbreak.

Thirty percent of the students at Weddington Christian Academy were absent on Thursday “with an illness that has very similar symptoms as the Norovirus,” the school said on its website.

“In order to keep our students and faculty from danger of contracting this virus, it is necessary for our facility to be thoroughly cleaned to eliminate further infections,” the statement on the website said.

School officials said they’re working with the Union County Health Department to determine how to best clean the school to get rid of the virus.

Officials encouraged parents to ensure their children were fever and symptom free for 48 hours before returning to school.

Norovirus is highly contagious and is characterized by nausea, vomiting, watery diarrhea and abdominal pain.

Several schools have had to cancel classes to contend with Norovirus outbreaks this year.

In February, classes at the uptown Metro School, which serves Mecklenburg students with severe disabilities, were canceled after nearly a third of the school’s students contracted Norovirus.

Cleve R. Wootson Jr.: 704-358-5046, @CleveWootson