Whitesburg KY

Classes canceled as flu bug spreads

Jenkins school system remains open

School officials decided to close the Letcher County School System for the remainder of this week to give students and school employees time to recover from illnesses.

Anna Craft, superintendent of the Letcher County School System, said the flu, a virus and strep throat have been circulating through the school district.

“There are numerous confirmed cases of the flu,” said Craft. “We just need to send everybody home to let them recover. We want to get everybody well.”

Craft said she has been monitoring the attendance rate and decided

“Once it dipped to 85 percent, I knew we would have to close,” said Craft.

John Shook, superintendent of the Jenkins Independent School System, said that some students have been ill, but the Jenkins attendance rate has not dropped below 92 percent. Shook said he will not close schools until the attendance rate decreases to 90 percent.

Seventy-five cases of the flu were reported to the Letcher County Health Department last week. Twenty-four cases were reported Monday and 13 were reported Tuesday.

Sheila Hogan, the lead nurse at the health department, said getting a flu vaccination is the best way to prevent the flu. Hogan said washing your hands and covering your mouth when sneezing and coughing keeps germs from spreading.

Hogan said symptoms of the flu are fever, feeling achy, nausea, vomiting, cough and chills.

Craft asks that parents keep children home until they get well.

“Give them plenty of fluids and call your physician if you are not sure,” Craft said.

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