After 22% of their students were out sick with the flu, Walters public schools are closing its doors for the rest of the week.
On Monday, 145 of the 640 students enrolled in Walters public schools were out sick as the flu outbreak continues across Texoma.
“This is my 13th year as superintendent, my 24th year with the district and I’ve never seen anything close to this. Last week I started to get nervous on Thursday because we had 60 students absent across the district and I was really hoping over the weekend that would help some things,” Dedmon said.
Brandie Combs is the regional director of the Cotton County Health Department and she said there are steps people need to take if they think they are getting the flu.
“Keep your kids home if they are sick, keep them home. You stay home from work if you are sick. You may have the flu and not even be running a fever,” Combs said.
Even with the doors closed, the work won’t stop inside of Walters public schools.
“We put off some foggers over last week and we are going to do that again this week. We also put some disinfectant wipes out that we tried to wipe everything down with at the end of the day,” Dedmon said.
Dedmon hopes that this will help clear the campus of the virus to get students back in school to finish out their semester.
Dedmon also said they are not going to have to make up the missed day at the end of the year.