Illness forces Lafayette school to close

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LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Students at a Lafayette school are resting at home Friday, after a widespread illness forced the school to close its doors.

More than 20 percent of students at New Community School are sick with a gastrointestinal bug. Dozens of students and teachers are showing symptoms including fever, diarrhea and vomiting.

The building will undergo a thorough cleaning over the weekend and the school will reopen Monday.

In order to stay healthy, the Tippecanoe County Health Department said it is critical to wash your hands frequently and make sure your surfaces are clean. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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