School Cancels Dance, Meetings After 100 Call in Sick - NBC Connecticut

School Cancels Dance, Meetings After 100 Call in Sick



    Teachers, parents, and students have been battling the flu and stomach bug over the last few days forcing the school district to cancel activities while over a hundred people missed school. (Published Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014)

    A school in Bolton has canceled meetings, as well as a school dance, after more than 100 students and teachers have called out sick with the bug that is going around. 

    School administrators at Bolton Center  School said they are doing their best to keep the germs from spreading by wiping down all of the classrooms, providing disinfectant wipes to every teacher and taking the usual precautions.

    “I think it’s a mixture of like a stomach bug and like a flu-like symptom thing,” Esther Jeffrey, a parent, said.

    Monday night’s PTA meeting and a school dance were also been canceled because of the high number of illnesses.

    Parents received an e-mail from the district alerting them to the outbreak. It said there were 120 sick calls on Friday. 

    “Forty kids were also sick during the day, so they had to go home also,” Jeff Roth, a parent, said.

    Skylar Jeffrey, a student, said students who are going to school are trying to avoid getting sick.

    “I’ve just been trying to keep my distance and not get sick at all,” he said.   

    School officials said there were fewer sick calls today than yesterday but there is still a high amount.

    They sent a letter home to  parents, offering tips including practicing good hygiene; covering your mouth and nose when you sneeze; avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth; and cleaning and disinfecting objects.

    They also advise staying home for at least 24hours if you have flu-like symptoms and remain home for at least 24 hours after your fever subsides.

    They also advise talking to your health care providers about whether you should be vaccinated for seasonal flu.

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