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Kansas school district has two days of 13 percent of students absent

Published: Jan. 30, 2018 at 11:55 AM CST
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The Sedgwick School District is another district getting hit hard by the flu. For the past two days, 13 percent of students have missed class.

Now the district has taken extra steps to fight the bug.

Inside every class at Sedgwick Schools, you'll find a good supply of disinfectant wipes, sanitizer and tissues.

When you have around 60 kids who are out sick, you want to keep that illness from spreading.

"We've definitely been hit by the flu bug. Started a little bit last week. It's got considerably worse this week," said Superintendent Larry Roth.

To keep the flu from spreading, they have Clorox wipes, along with other santizing products available in each classroom. The art teacher has students coming and going every hour. That's why she has them wipe down the tables after each class.

When Monday's absences were around 13 percent, the superintendent sent out a text message asking parents to keep their kids home if they have flu symptoms. They can return if they've been fever free for 24 hours.

Tuesday's absences were at 13 percent again.

Teachers recognize they may have to adapt lessons considering so many kids are gone, but say they're doing the best they can, hoping - like the rest of us - they're not the next one to get sick.