LAGO VISTA, Texas (KXAN) — Lago Vista Independent School District announced Wednesday it will cancel all classes in the district Thursday and Friday due to influenza-related absences.
The closure aims to decrease the spread of the flu virus by keeping students at home. During this time, the LVISD custodial staff will thoroughly disinfect all buses and spaces.
All school-related activities scheduled for Thursday and Friday — including evening activities — will continue at the discretion of the activity sponsor.
KXAN spoke with a group of seventh graders who said they started noticing their friends get sick last week.
“Friday, I saw like two of my friends were out,” said Dylan Ditto.
The number of absences kept going up. Bundy Renfro, who has two sons at Lago Vista’s middle school, said she received an email earlier this week. Renfro said about 80 students had the flu.
Wednesday, the Superintendent’s Office said about 30 percent of middle school students were absent.
“It’s kind of crazy because one class, we only had 10 kids in it,” Ditto said.
Another seventh grader, Davin Zurovetz, said, his teachers have been extra cautious about keeping everything clean. “They give us Clorox wipes to wipe down our desks when we go in and wash our hands.”
“I know it may be hard for parents that have work [Thursday and Friday], but the overall decision is better for the kids and the teachers. I think it was the right decision,” Renfro said.
LVISD noted in the announcement that the two days will not be made up due to lack of available minutes in the calendar.
The closure comes after several schools in the area reported a boom in flu-related absences.
Earlier in the week, Bailey Middle School in Austin reported nearly 300 absences and an urgent custodial disinfection of school spaces. On Jan. 25, McDade ISD in Bastrop reported 40 cases of the flu, prompting a two-day closure.
This is a developing story. Check for updates.