ASHE COUNTY, N.C. – Ashe County Schools will be closed Friday for students and staff because of the flu outbreak that has hit all schools.
District officials wiped down everything Thursday from door handles to computer keyboards.
“By 10:30 this morning, I felt her head. It felt warm,” substitute teacher Ann Peters said of a student. “I sent her on down to the nurse, and she’s going home with a 100-plus fever.”
At the middle school alone, 150 children were out sick on Thursday.
“We’re trying to wipe our door knobs and our keyboards — headphones — two or three times a day just trying to keep things as clean as possible,” Principal Jennifer Holden said.
Dozens of children were also out sick at Westwood Elementary School.
The superintendent told Channel 9 it’s not just widespread cases of the flu, but also strep and a stomach bug impacting schools across the county.
Officials are asking children to wash their hands as soon as they arrive at school and again before they go to lunch.
One child even went to school wearing a mask for protection from the flu. His mother works in the lunchroom where she and other employees cleaned tables and changed serving utensils when a new class arrived.
“Yes, he has a mask on,” his mother, Ruth Blair, said. “His sister was sick yesterday, and we were at the doctor, and he saw the mask and now he won’t take it off, but he’s not sick.”
School leaders said the outbreak has not only impacted students. Two teachers have tested positive for the flu.
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