San Jacinto Christian Academy joins multiple other schools on the High Plains as schools to cancel a day of class due to a high number of flu cases.
San Jacinto will not be open Friday while the staff does a deep clean to try and get rid of any leftover germs.
Superintendent Ed Thomas says closing the school was not a decision he made lightly. “We saw the numbers continue to rise of students that were absent from school, or coming to school then showing symptoms and having to go home,” Thomas said.
San Jacinto is not hiring a cleaning crew for Friday, instead, it will have the staff do the deep clean.
“Mainly disinfecting and doing an extra deep cleaning,” Thomas said. “Just to make sure we’ve taken care of the germs that might be present from this week.”
Thomas also said at one point 30% to 35% of their students were absent with flu-like symptoms.
The decision to close the school has been well received by the parents. They hate missing a day of school, but they appreciate the effort to fight the spread of flu.
“Unfortunately, it’s hard to contain a sickness when it starts going around so much. So sometimes you just have to take a reboot,” San Jacinto parent Natasha Matteson said. “Then it also gives the parents a chance over the long weekend to fix their kiddos in their homes, and we can all start fresh.”
Another benefit to taking this specific Friday off is it gives the kids a four day weekend thanks to President’s Day. That is four straight days the kids won’t be around each other and sharing germs.
According to the latest report from Texas Health and Human Services, hospital specimens that test positive for flu is up to 31% across the state.