Flu forces Medina ISD to close its schools Friday and Monday

CaptionCloseA second small Hill Country school district this week temporarily closed its doors because of high absenteeism blamed on the flu.Medina Independent School District, which serves about 300 students in central Bandera County, shut down Friday and...

Flu forces Medina ISD to close its schools Friday and Monday

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A second small Hill Country school district this week temporarily closed its doors because of high absenteeism blamed on the flu.

Medina Independent School District, which serves about 300 students in central Bandera County, shut down Friday and will be closed Monday due to an outbreak of the contagious virus.

“We had about 40 students absent (Thursday morning) with more being sent home sick as the day went on,” Superintendent Penny White said Friday. “We were also having trouble getting subs for teachers as they were sick.”

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The district employs about 60 workers at its three schools, which serve students in prekindergarten through eighth grade.

The Hunt Independent School District closed its doors Tuesday and Wednesday so the school that serves 169 kids in western Kerr County could be sanitized.

When classes resumed there Thursday, about 50 students and six staffers were still absent due to the flu, Hunt ISD Superintendent Crystal Dockery said Friday.

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Classes are slated to continue as usual Monday, she said, adding, “We’re hoping people will heal over the weekend.”

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