School Closes Its Doors To Disinfect

By: Rosie Barresi Email
By: Rosie Barresi Email

A Colorado Springs school is taking some sick days. James Irwin Elementary School is shutting their doors for a couple of days. Apparently, the flu bug is been going around and the school wanted some time to disinfect.

15% Of their students were all gone on Monday, all home sick. Same for 30% of their teachers. And even when the school tried calling in substitutes, lots of them were sick too.

School officials at James Irwin cleaned all day on Tuesday in hopes of trying to stop the flu bug in its tracks.

They've been wiping down chairs, desks, walls and even pencils. Everything was washed down with a bleach disinfectant from top to bottom.

They shut their doors Tuesday to clean and they'll be closed again Wednesday to let the school air out, and also to give kids and teachers who are sick, time to recover.

The State Health Department says February is the worst month for flu. And right now Colorado has the highest number of influenza outbreaks in the country.

Parents at James Irwin Elementary School say closing the school is the best decision the school could have made.

Diane Terhune's two sons have been at home sick since Monday. Terhune said, "If you have teachers that are sick and kids that are sick, everybody is just going to keep getting sick and passing it back and forth."

The school's Chief Executive Officer, Jonathan Berg said, "We're just trying to break the cycle of illness that have hit the school."

It's not too late to get your flu shot. In Pueblo you can call, 1-719-583-4320, for a list of places to get your flu shot. In Colorado Springs you will need to call your doctor because the Health Department in the Springs is out of flu shots.

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