COPPELL, Texas - School janitors are deep cleaning a Coppell ISD middle school after hundreds of kids got sick with flu-like symptoms.
Coppell Middle School West has about 1,300 students enrolled. About a quarter of the students were absent both Monday and Tuesday.
The school principal says the problem started late last week and spiked on Monday when more than 350 middle school students were out sick. It was about the same number of students were absent again on Tuesday.
The school principal emailed a letter to parents on Monday informing them of the "unusually high amount of absences." Some students were out sick with the flu while others were reporting flu-like symptoms.
The school nurse is working with CISD Health Services to monitor the illness reports.
As of Tuesday afternoon, the principal has opted to keep the school open and operating as usual. She encouraged parents to also help slow the spread by keeping sick kids at home and away from others, as well as encouraging other preventative measures such as covering coughs and washing hands.
“We did the flu shot and we wash our hands a lot and tell him to use a disinfectant,” said parent Diana George. “They were very proactive. So I’m very happy about that.”
As an added precaution, the principal says the custodial team is performing a deep cleaning of the building to ensure all areas are thoroughly disinfected and ready for students to learn.
Coppell ISD said no other schools in the district have reported similar spikes in absences.
A spokeswoman with Dallas County Health and Human Services says Coppell Middle School West is the only school within Dallas County reporting a high rate of absences attributed to the flu.