CTX schools take precautions during flu season

Posted at 8:33 PM, Jan 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-18 22:18:28-05

Schools are taking precautions as the flu season continues. Districts are working diligently to disinfect surfaces and encourage healthy practices among students and staff.

The highly contagious illness can easily make the rounds in the close quarters of a classroom. A school in Westphalia shutdown for cleaning after 20 percent of the student body had the flu or strep. The school is using the long weekend to disinfect facilities.

Killeen ISD has just had 10 cases reported flu cases this year, but they are taking measures to help curb an outbreak. They say they use professional crews to disinfect frequently touched surfaces.

“It starts with the most basic thing, washing your hands. See most of these germs and bacteria are passed by hand to mouth so we are encouraging our kids to be constantly washing their hands constantly at school. We have hand sanitizers in our classrooms this time of year,” said Terry Abbott, Chief Communications Officer for Killeen ISD.    

Schools encourage students and staff with flu symptoms to stay home. Sufferers should wait until chills and sweating have subsided, and at least 24 hours after a fever has passed.

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