After a student at St. Martin of Tours School in Cheviot was diagnosed with viral meningitis and other students began showing similar symptoms, the school will close for a cleaning.
Principal Jason Fightmaster updated parents, saying that the school would be closed Thursday and Friday.
Fightmaster said the student with viral meningitis is “recovering well.”
“The past few school days, we have had students sent home or absent with similar symptoms and we want to ensure the safety of all our students, families, and staff,” Fightmaster said.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, viral meningitis is the most common type of meningitis, an inflammation of the tissue that covers the brain and spinal cord. Most people get better on their own.
Symptoms include fever, headache, stiff neck, sensitivity to bright light and sleepiness or trouble waking up from sleep.
“Our cleaning company will be in to do a thorough disinfecting during that time. We also ask that the students do their best to stay away from one another as whatever virus we are dealing with is passed by direct contact with others (just as many viruses are),” Fightmaster said.
The school is located at 3729 Harding Avenue in Cheviot.