DeSoto school cleaned because of flu outbreak

- A school in DeSoto was thoroughly cleaned again Wednesday night because of what appears to be an outbreak of the flu.

The Amber Terrace Discovery and Design Early Childhood Academy serves about 400 Pre-K students in the DeSoto Independent School District. School officials said the absentee rate this week has been double what it normally is or higher, with many of the students reporting flu-like symptoms.

In addition to the extensive scrubbing, staff members will be wiping down surfaces of the campus.

One parent said she likes the precautions.

“I feel like the steps are pretty good. I mean, if it’s getting more intense and, you know, they’re bringing in more people to make sure it’s cleaner. I mean, you know, of course the flu is always not a good thing. But they’re taking good precautions to avoid it, what can you really say,” Krystal Gray said.

Parents are being told to carefully monitor their kids for any signs of illness and keep them home from school until they are fever-free for 24 hours.

The effort comes just as Dallas County announced its sixth flu death this season. The latest fatality was an 83-year-old Dallas resident.

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