It was cleaning day for a local school. Crews worked to disinfect Northeast North Elementary in Farmersburg after a nasty flu virus sickened dozens of students.
“They’re using a hospital strength, an industrial strength type of disinfectant. Besides the normal cleaning of desk tops and light switches, they’re also doing floors, walls, anything that is in the classroom is getting wiped down with this service,” said Dr. Mark Baker, Superintendent of Northeast School Corporation.
More than 25% of the school’s students were absent Thursday because of the virus. Health officials ordered the school closed Friday.
It’s hoped the deep cleaning, and a couple days of rest for the sick children, will clear the way for the school to reopen Monday. Officials also want to prevent the virus from spreading to other schools.
“We’ve been obviously monitoring the absentee rate of the other buildings, so right now a combination of those three buildings, we have an absentee rate of 8.55%. So it’s about average, a little bit higher,” said Baker.
Dr. Baker is also reminding parents that students need to be free of symptoms, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea, for at least 24 hours, before they return to class.