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Somerset Academy hopes class cancellations will give kids, school time to combat Norovirus

Classes at a North Las Vegas charter school have been canceled for the rest of the week. More than 100 students at Somerset Academy have been stricken with the Norovirus.

Health officials say they thought the situation was getting better, but they admitted Wednesday that things hadn't gotten better.

The Somerset Academy North Las Vegas campus is located on W. Centennial Parkway and Commerce Street.

Administrators hope the break that will last until Monday will put the finishing touches on a stubborn sickness.

Brady Hathcock is one of many students affected by the virus.

"He was throwing up every 15 minutes," said Brandy's parent.
"I couldn't get him to stop."

According to Brady's mom, the virus has affected other in her home.

"My youngest son had it, and he ended up in the emergency room. He kept throwing up. He had a high fever. He wasn't eating," she said.

The illness started spreading two weeks ago.

"We had more than the usual number kids that threw up," said Jenyan Martinez, principal of Somerset Academy. "On Friday, we had six to eight."

The Southern Nevada Health District says Norovirus is the cause of a gastrointestinal virus that spreads easily and quickly, so the school took steps to do what it thought would help, and inform parents.

Officials at Somerset Academy hoped to keep the school open, but with reports of 117 students with symptoms, a decision had to be made.

"It actually seemed like it was getting better at one point. In our opinion, it wasn't ceasing as much as we thought it should have," said Linda Verchick, SNHD.

During those days that Somerset Academy is closed a cleaning crew will come in to do a hospital-grade clean of the building three times.

Since the Norovirus only lasts a few days, the health district and the school hope a long weekend will kill the nasty bug once and for all.

"I've been in education for 16 years, and I've never had in one day eight kids throwing up," Martinez said.

The health district says it's not sure how the outbreak started here, and it says it may never know.

It's important to note that none of the other Somerset Charter School campuses were affected.