AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin Independent School District announced the number of flu-related absences from Bailey Middle School Thursday after urgent disinfection of the campus the previous day.
According to the district, on Monday, 173 Bailey MS students were absent, 85 students Tuesday, 230 Wednesday and 258 Thursday.
On Monday, Principal John Rocha urged parents in a letter that parents to take their children to the doctor if they exhibit flu-like symptoms after a high number of absences. Then, on Wednesday, custodial teams worked to urgently disinfect the campus.
AISD says that trend was not reflected across other schools. Austin-area clinics have seen spikes in flu cases in the past few weeks.
“The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends the best way to prevent contracting the flu is to get a flu vaccination,” Rocha wrote. “If your child is sick, please keep them home, especially if they have a fever. A student should be fever free (without using fever-reducing medication) for a full 24 hours before returning to school,” he added.
The next day, Rocha sent another letter. “As a precaution, beginning yesterday, we initiated disinfecting protocols with our custodial team and we provided additional disinfecting wipes and solution bottles for our teachers,” he wrote. “Today we will continue to follow district protocols for cleaning and disinfection, with extra support from our district Housekeeping department, so we can thoroughly address all areas of the school.”
Rocha provided a guide for parents to follow if their child is sick.
- Teach your child to maintain good hygiene with hand-washing and covering mouth while sneezing or coughing.
- Keep your child if they have a fever of 100 degrees or more or if they have been vomiting
- Ensure your child is fever-free for more than 24 hours before sending them back to school
- If your child has severe coughing or sneezing, keep them home to prevent spreading germs