More than 60 students were absent from a South Boston elementary school on Wednesday as a highly contagious virus, believed to be norovirus, runs through the school.

Approximately 140 students and 10 staff members have become sick with a virus believed to be norovirus over the past few days, said Boston public schools spokesman Lee McGuire. Sixty-one students missed school on Wednesday.

Robby Chisholm, principal of the Condon Elementary School, sent out an automated call to parents Tuesday night informing them about the virus and the school’s efforts to contain it. The elementary school has 800 students and 65 staff members.

Due to the contagiousness of the virus, Chisholm said students who are currently home sick must stay home until they have no symptoms for 24 hours.

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