TUSCALOOSA SCHOOLS TAKE MEASURES TO PREVENT FLU OUTBREAK

Hand Sanitizer

Story by WVUA 23’s Kayla Smith.

As flu season continues, Tuscaloosa City Schools and Tuscaloosa County Schools are actively fighting the spread of the flu.

School officials have proactive measures in place to keep schools clean.

Central Elementary School is using a disinfecting spray on surfaces frequently touched by students, like desks and doorknobs.

At Crestmont Elementary, students are encouraged to use hand sanitizer and wash their hands frequently.

According to Dr. Lucretia Prince, the Principal of Crestmont, the number of flu cases at the school has remained small.

“It’s not a large number because we’ve been able to keep our numbers down by being proactive rather than reactive,” Prince said.

Prince said it’s crucial for parents to keep their kids at home if they exhibit symptoms of the flu.

Tuscaloosa City Schools Superintendent Dr. Mike Daria said he thinks a new program has kept the flu from spreading in city schools.

“One thing we do believe is contributing to us being at this place is at our school system, for the last two years, we’ve done flu clinics in all of our schools so that students can get the flu shot in school,” Daria said.

Daria says Tuscaloosa City Schools will continue to monitor the number of flu cases.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, symptoms of the flu include fever, cough, runny nose and fatigue.

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