The students, ranging from kindergarteners to seventh graders, at Audubon Elementary School at 8111 San Vicente Street began complaining of stomach pain at about 12:30 p.m., a spokesman for the San Diego Unified School District confirmed.
None of the students was seriously ill, but 22 were taken to local hospitals as a precaution, San Diego Unified School District spokesman Jack Brandais said. Approximately 425 students had lunch Thursday at the campus.
District police stayed with the ill children until parents and guardians arrived at the hospitals. SDUSD did not have details on the conditions of the children as of 5 p.m.
Campus food-service personnel and county health workers were looking over and testing the cafeteria food and drinks served to the children for lunch, Brandais said. The facility’s refrigerators apparently were working properly, and no expired products were immediately found, he said.
San Diego Unified’s Food Services Department is fully cooperating with the County of San Diego Environmental Health Department, which is conducting an investigation into the incident.
“Nothing is more important to us than the health of our students,” he said. “We’ll get to the bottom of this.”
The school will be open Friday. Breakfast in the Classroom and lunch will be served as usual, Brandais said.