High number of ‘stomach flu’ cases prompt closure of elementary school


COVINGTON ELEMENTARY STUDENTS WILL NOT BE AT SCHOOL ON MONDAY. THE SCHOOL HAS DECIDED TO CLOSE FOR THE DAY AND HAVE STUDENTS STUDY FROM HOME. IT’S ALL DUE TO AN OUTBREAK OF THE STOMACH FLU. WANE-15’S RUBEN SOLIS SPOKE TO THE SUPERINTENDENT AND PARENTS. RUBEN? ((RUBEN)) THE SUPERINTENDENT SAYS THIS WAS NOT A MANDATORY CLOSE. BUT HE SAYS ON FRIDAY 20 PERCENT OF THE SCHOOL’S STUDENTS MISSED CLASS – OR WENT HOME SICK. SO THEY DECIDED IT WAS BEST TO CLOSE THE SCHOOL ON MONDAY AS A PRECAUTION. 00:01:02 IT’S NOT UNUSUAL FOR US TO GET A SERIES OF KIDS GETTING THE STOMACH FLU 00:01:08 LIKE ANY SCHOOL – COVINGTON ELEMENTARY HAS HAD IT’S FAIR SHARE OF SICK STUDENTS. THIS WEEK THOUGH – MORE STUDENTS MISSED CLASS – MANY OF THEM SICK WITH A STOMACH VIRUS. 00:01:43 THE NUMBER OF KIDS OUT OF THE BUILDING JUMPED TO 70 SOMETHING ON WEDNESDAY AND THEN ON THURSDAY WE WERE GETTING CLOSE TO MAY BE OVER A HUNDRED 00:01:53 THAT’S WHEN SOUTHWEST ALLEN COUNTY SCHOOLS SENT OUT AN EMAIL TO PARENTS – ALERTING THEM THE STOMACH FLU WAS GOING AROUND THE SCHOOL. ON FRIDAY – EVEN MORE STUDENTS WERE OUT. IN TOTAL THE SCHOOL HAD 197 ABSENCES. 00:02:33 WE DON’T KNOW WHO IS SICK, WHO WAS ALREADY GOING TO BE OUT FOR ANY NUMBER OF REASONS, OR THEY MAY BE SICK FOR REASONS THAT AREN’T STOMACH FLU RELATED 00:02:44 THE NUMBERS WERE ENOUGH FOR THE DISTRICT TO DECIDE IT WAS BEST TO CLOSE THE SCHOOL ON MONDAY – AND MAKE IT AN E-LEARNING DAY. IN ANOTHER LETTER TO PARENTS FRIDAY – THE SCHOOL SAID THE EXTENDED WEEKEND WILL ALLOW STAFF TO DISINFECT THE BUILDING AND GIVE SICK STUDENTS MORE TIME TO RECOVER. 00:01:25 TYPICALLY THE FLU VIRUS TAKES ABOUT 48 HOURS OR SO TO MANIFEST ITSELF AND THAT’S A NICE WEOUGHA STOP TO THE WHOLE THING 00:01:39 PARENTS ARE GLAD THE DITO PREVENT THE SPREAD OF GERMS. 02:THING WITH THE VIRUS GOINOW, IT’S REALLYUT IR TOUP THAT SCH MISSISCHOOL 02:25:33 ((RUBEN)) AGAINCOVINGTON ELEMENMONDAY. SCHOOLS OFFICIALS SAY TCONTINUE TO MONITOR FOH VALL DISTNEWS. A FORT WAYNCOMPETE ON JEOPARDY.

2 thoughts on “High number of ‘stomach flu’ cases prompt closure of elementary school

  1. I used to go to covington I'm now in 8th grade and I'm suprised to hear about this hopefully every thing gets back in shape

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