WAIPAHU, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Hawaii State Departments of Education (DOE) and Health (DOH) are conducting an investigation to determine what caused several Waipahu Elementary students to become ill today shortly after lunch.
About 40 students were identified as being sick with symptoms that may indicate food poisoning starting at about 1:15 p.m. Affected students were treated on campus by Emergency Medical Services personnel and transported to area hospitals for further evaluation.
The DOE will be providing temperature logs and a sample lunch to DOH officials for analysis. Officials will also investigate outside factors such as any food students and staff may have brought to the campus, or whether anyone came to school sick. Nearly 1,150 students attend Waipahu Elementary.
Meals served at Hawaii's public schools adhere to strict state and federal food safety guidelines.
"The safety and wellbeing of our students are paramount," said School Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi. "Our food services branch is collaborating with state health officials to pinpoint the source of today's outbreak. We thank parents for their patience and we wish all students a speedy recovery."
Parents who observe their child showing symptoms of being sick are asked to contact his or her doctor and notify the school.