C. Hard Case To Close High School Beacon For Cleaning


Beacon High School will be closed Wednesday, March 27 due to a confirmed case of bacteria that causes diarrhea and colitis.

The Beacon City School District Superintendent, Matt Landahl, said that school staff had learned last Tuesday the existence of a confirmed case of C. diff, Clostridioides difficile, in an ad published on the district website and in an e-mail sent to parents.

The district immediately consulted Dutchess County's Behavioral and Community Health Department, which advised school officials to clean the hard surfaces of the school Tuesday night to prevent the bacteria to spread, said Landahl.

"After considering the extent of cleaning required in high school, I decided to close Beacon High School on Wednesday, March 27," said the Executive Director. "The other five schools in our district will remain open tomorrow."

The district has hired ServPro who will perform the cleaning and will use an EPA approved cleaning agent specifically used to stop the spread of C. diff.

"We are applying this cleaning protocol as a precaution," he added. "Closing the school for a day was our decision as a school district."

According to the Center For Disease Control, symptoms of C. diff include:

  • Diarrhea with loose, liquid stools or frequent bowel movements for several days

  • Fever

  • Sensitivity or pain in the stomach

  • Loss of appetite

  • Nausea

Additional information about C. diff can be found on the site

Website of the Centers for Disease Control

or by calling the county's Behavioral and Community Health Department at 845-486-3402.

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