Flu outbreak closes Okla. elementary school

Posted on: 5:40 pm, January 24, 2013, by , updated on: 05:55pm, January 24, 2013

DUNCAN, Okla. – The flu has closed Plato Elementary in Duncan for two days. 

Superintendent Sherry Labyer decided to close the school Thursday and Friday after so many children were out sick.

“This week Plato dipped to 78 percent attendance,” she said. “What was happening is they would come to school and then need to leave because they were falling ill.”

Now, Labyer said teachers are cleaning, disinfecting and more.

“It takes extra precautions, for instance, we are putting plastic over the water fountains and we’ve communicated to parents that children need to bring their own water bottles,” she said.

The school has 316 students and 78 students were out sick. 

A large amount of the children were in kindergarten.

Plato principal John Millirons said it was becoming a big problem for everyone.

“It was a hard thing for the teachers to teach because if they were teaching a certain subject, half the kids were missing,” he said. “Then they’d have to catch up the next day or when those children came back.”

Administrators plan to open school again on Monday.