Dozens of Greenbrier teachers fall ill, miss 1st day of class

Dozens of Greenbrier teachers fall ill, miss 1st day of class

Posted: Updated: Aug 9, 2013 07:02 PM
GREENBRIER, Tenn. -

As many as 70 Greenbrier school employees were absent on the first day of class Thursday after they all reportedly fell ill after eating food from a local restaurant during a work meeting.

Assistant Director of Schools Dr. Linda Cash told News 2 all of the absent employees suffered from symptoms of gastrointestinal problems.

School officials added they alerted all parents of the situation. The unexpected vacant positions at the elementary, middle and high schools were quickly filled to ensure students had a normal first day.  

"We sent our staff and coaches and anyone not directly in a classroom we sent to a classroom to assist," Dr. Cash said.

The State Department of Health was notified of the incident and said they have taken specimens of those who were sick in an effort to help locate a common denominator.

Those results are pending. Health officials said there is not a continuing threat to the public.

On Friday, 64 teachers and school employees were absent.

Late Friday afternoon, Robertson County officials confirmed an outbreak of norovirus in the area.

Officials are continuing to investigate the outbreak.

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