Rock Creek Elementary closed after virus outbreak

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Rock Creek Elementary should be open and ready to go by the end of the holiday weekend, according to a district spokeswoman.

About 100 kids got sick with suspected norovirus on Friday.

The school sent cleaning crews inside Friday night and Saturday, wiping down as many surfaces as possible with bleach.

"It's a hearty virus," said Dr. Jennifer Vines, health officer for Washington County. "It's hard to get rid of."

Vines is working with the school district and county health department to monitor the outbreak.

She is telling families that kids should know if they're going to get sick within 12 hours of exposure. In other words, if they weren't not sick by Saturday afternoon or evening, they probably weren't exposed.

The virus takes 24 to 48 hours to pass.

"Once you start feeling better, the clock starts," said Vines, who added infected people should stay at home at least 24 hours after they start feeling better.

Families should stay away from nursing homes or similar venues with elderly people, since those are ripe for the virus to spread.

Rock Creek will reopen Tuesday.