(KWTX) Major Central Texas school districts are still feeling the impact of the flu outbreak, but none has plans to cancel classes, as the Clifton ISD did this week.
Students in Clifton got an unexpected holiday this week, but classes resume on Monday.
On Jan 18, KWTX surveyed the major districts in Central Texas and all said they were managing to keep the flu at bay.
Two weeks later, efforts continue to encourage parents to keep sick children home and the districts say custodial staffs are diligent in cleaning facilities.
Belton ISD officials remain proactive in tracking and addressing flu concerns. It was first reported the district had 69 confirmed flu cases. At this time, less than 2 percent of the student population has had a flu diagnosis since Jan. 3. The district has more than 11,000 students walking the halls. But if the district sees an increase of students out with the flu, officials say they would consider a closure. They say they are working closely with the Bell County Health Department to monitor flu activity in the area.
Copperas Cove’s flu numbers remain the same and officials say they have no plans of cancelling classes. The district has close to 8,000 students. It has had more than 100 students with the flu confirmed since the start of 2018.
Killeen ISD has no plans of shutting down operations. Last week the district had 197 flu cases reported. That’s only about three-tenths of one percent (.003 percent) of the student population. As last reported the district had 10 percent of their student population affected by the flu virus. About 44,000 students are enrolled in KISD schools.
A Temple ISD official says the district has not seen a high number of absences or cases of illness. The number of students out was not released for our initial report. However they say they will follow the guidelines of the Texas Education Agency when considering cancelling classes at one school or for the entire district. At this moment, they are not cancelling classes. They have more than 8,000 students enrolled.
As last reported, Waco ISD did not have the number of students out, but officials said they were sending a couple of students who have fever and flu-like symptoms home each day. They are still reporting the same pattern. They say attendance is down due in part to seasonal illnesses, but have not seen as significant of a decline in attendance as the districts that have closed. The district says it assures parents and staff that the maintenance department does a meticulous job cleaning campuses each day.
One school district has seen an increase, Midway ISD. As last reported, Midway ISD had 48 students out because of the flu. The district has more than 8,000 students. Last week there were 261 cases of the flu reported. Officials say the increase is not high enough to close their campuses. They say they’re assuring parents that custodians are doing extra cleaning on campuses and the campuses are sending information home to parents in newsletters detailing symptoms of the flu and encouraging them to keep their children home when they are ill.