Believe it or not, this widespread illness wasn't COVID-19 related. 

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Oakdale Elementary School in the eastern Twin Cities closed Thursday due to a "widespread stomach illness."

The district explained that a stomach bug resulted in numerous staff absences at the school. Friday, March 4th was already a scheduled day off, and next week is the school's spring break, so students won't return to school until Monday, March 14th, giving everyone amply time to recover.

Here's the district's full message:

"Due to many staff absences at Oakdale elementary due to widespread stomach illness (non-COVID related), Oakdale Elementary School will be closed today, March 3, 2022. There will be no preschool or before/after school Adventure Connection.

"If your student is already dropped off for Adventure Connection, they will need to be picked up immediately this morning.

"This school closure only impacts Oakdale Elementary School.

"We apologize for the inconvenience that this may cause.

"Sincerely,

"District 622 Communications"

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