Vo in monitor the start of the school year is always busy// there's the back to school shopping, the first day of class, and the new schedule// getting the flu is probably the last thing on a parent's mind... but that's not the case in our area// our cash matlock spoke with local educators on a possible flu outbreak in some schools// he joins us in the studio with more.
That's right joey, so far there's been one case of the flu in the lowndes county school district and multiple cases of the stomach virus in the aberdeen school district.
School nurses and teachers are trying to head off both illnesses before more students are affected.
We're only nine days into the school year, and students across the area are already calling in sick.
"this year has been the firs year that we have had a virus going around at the beginning.
Several students have went home from vomiting and having a fever."
"we've seen several cases o strep throat.
I did hear that we've had a case of the flu already in august.
So those are the main things so far."
New hope elementary school nurse kim woodruff says this time of year is odd timing for a virus like the flu.
"usually this is kind of earl just for the flu mainly.
Last year wasn't a bad flu season, the year before that was a really bad flu season.
So, yes this early in august to have a flu case reported is pretty early."
Educators say younger students are especially vulnerable to multiple viruses.
"because we use tables, w have community supplies.
They share the supplies, which is scissors, glue, and erasers, and things of that nature."
"they're touching othe peoples ipads.
We have earbuds in the room for every kid, or an earphone, so we like to clean those often to keep germs off of those.
" woodruff says because of the recent outbreak, she's even changing up some her tactics when it comes to educating children about germs. "instead of the high fives, lik we used to do, we teach them to do gently fist bumps in order not to share germs."
"we have friendly germs an then we have some not so friendly germs. so, we talk about hand washing, singing happy birthday to themselves silently two time.
We talk about coughing or sneezing into their elbow or their shirt instead of coughing in to their hands."
As for children that are already sick, school districts are urging parents to take certain steps to avoid spreading germs. "please keep them home so w can minimize the germs and other students won't get sick."
"if you and your family ar able to get a flu vaccine, please do so.
Usually you can talk to your doctor about it.
It's recommended usually in october, late october.
Roll vo in monitor both districts say their school districts supply each classroom with hand sanitizer and