Schools take precautions to keep class flu-free

School custodial staff are diligently disinfecting high-traffic areas to help kill germs.
School custodial staff are diligently disinfecting high-traffic areas to help kill germs.

DECATUR, AL (WAFF) - There is no question the flu bug has hit the Tennessee Valley Hard.  Education officials, system wide, have a plan and they hope that plan gets rid of the flu bug."

Dr. Ed Nichols is the superintendent of Decatur City Schools.  "We start at the school level, through our maintenance staff and our custodial staff, to do extra disinfections - especially high areas like desks in classrooms, pencil sharpeners, bathrooms of course. Those are the high traffic areas for kids," he said.

And if your child is already sick, he said to use common sense. "Of course if your child is running a fever, they don't need to come to school. Local pediatricians tell us 24 hours fever-free is a good indicator that the potential of spreading that is less," explained Nichols.

He said there is also a plan if the child gets sick at school. "We'll check temperature first and see if there is a fever and then we'll contact the parent."

The parent or guardian then takes the child home. Nichols also encourages parents to make certain the child keeps up with class work while they are out.

He offers some advice to parents.  "I would encourage parents that if your child's out, go ahead and contact your child's school. Get the make-up work while their out there while they're home, even if they don't feel like doing it you've got it ready when they begin to feel a little bit better."

All the precautions will hopefully mean fewer cases of transmitting a bug.

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