TODAY   |  March 09, 2013

Norovirus outbreak closes entire Vermont school

It came before anyone knew what was happening, and then an entire school in Vermont was closed due to an outbreak of Norovirus. Health officials are deciding over this weekend if it will be safe to re-open the school on Monday. TODAY’s Jenna Wolfe reports.

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>>> of the norovirus that shut down an entire school . jenna?

>> good morning, guys. that school in vermont stayed closed for days after the norovirus hit 90% of the students and some of the staff, as well. it came on before anyone knew what was happening. wednesday morning, 3/4 of the kids of britport central school stayed home sick. by the end of the day , out of 80 students, only ten were left in school . 30% of the staff went home, as well.

>> you got many students together in a close space. so you're going to have some things go around.

>> school was canceled for the rest of the week. the vermont health department confirming on friday it is norovirus . the disease is spread by person-to-person contact, contaminated food and water, and through the air. meanwhile, the school in vermont is being scrubbed floor to ceiling before it can be opened again.

>> it was good to see that they took a -- extra precaution by shutting it down and to make sure it wasn't from the school . so that was a good feeling that they took that progressive attack.

>> and health officials will decide this weekend if it is safe to reopen the school on monday. carl?

>> lots of scare for parents. thanks.

>>> let's head outside, check the