Flu outbreak forces North Texas school district to close for two days

Sunnyvale High School. (KXAS)
Sunnyvale High School. (KXAS Photo)

SUNNYVALE, Texas (KXAN) — A small school district just east of Dallas has shut down classes Tuesday and Wednesday in an effort to stop the spread of the flu.

The Sunnyvale Independent School District says the flu kept 85 students home from its elementary school Monday. The district, which has approximately 1,800 students, tells KXAS this is the first flu-related closure in the district in the last decade.

While the district’s three schools are closed, janitors will work to disinfect the campuses.

“We felt like just given the proximity of our three campuses and the fact that the kids share the same school buses and we have shared personnel and things like that, that it was just going to be in our best interest to shut down for a couple of days,” said Superintendent Doug Williams. “We need to make sure the schools are disinfected, and then hopefully everyone can come back or as many as possible can come back and we can resume business as usual.

A doctor at Dell Children’s Medical Center says the hospital generally sees an increase in flu cases in October and November, but the numbers really peak in December and January. Dr. Cobrun Allen says it’s not too late to get your flu shot this year.

With additional reporting by KXAS.

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