PICKENS COUNTY SCHOOLS CLOSED FOR FLU OUTBREAK

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By WVUA 23 Reporter Kayla Smith

Pickens County Schools were closed Thursday and Friday because of a flu outbreak in the area.

Before schools were closed Pickens County had more than 70 kids out sick with the flu.

Teachers and administrators have spent the past two days disinfecting classrooms. Principal Greg Perrigin said that the process shows how much they care about their students.

“We have a great staff here at Pickens County High School. Yesterday every one of them was working and that tells a lot about the character of the people that you work with,” said Perrigin.

“The parents know that their kids are safe up here, and they’re around some people that really care about them.”

One parent in Pickens County believes that canceling schools is a better option than sick students missing class.

“When they miss days, school goes on you know,” said Patricia Dooley.

“So in other words they don’t have to worry about class work or school work and having to catch up or make up anything.”

According to the Alabama Department of Public Health, Alabama is currently experiencing high activity levels of the flu, and more than 50 percent of reported cases have been in children and young adults.

If you’re sick, the ADPH recommends you stay home until you’re fever-free for at least 24 hours without the use of temperature reducing medicines like Tylenol and Motrin.

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