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LCS: More students absent this flu season than last year

Flu epidemic
Posted at 11:05 AM, Jan 31, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-31 06:15:41-05

LEON COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) - Leon County schools won't be closing due to the flu epidemic just yet, but officials say they will be taking some extra precautions to make sure schools are as clean as possible.

staff will be spending extra time this weekend disinfecting their campuses, citing the flu epidemic. 

According to officials, "attendance figures show that on average, there are about 800 more students absent in our district compared to this time last year."

While school officials say they have not discussed closing schools due to flu season, they are taking extra precautions to ensure the campuses are as sterile as possible. 

They are encouraging students and staff that are ill to stay away from school campus and are encouraging parents to instruct their children to wash their hands often.

"Superintendent Rocky Hanna has asked that each school's custodial staff come in this weekend to perform additional cleaning and disinfecting," officials wrote in a flu season update. "Staff will be wiping down counters, door-knobs and other surface areas that are touched frequently." 

Officials say they will continue to check in with the Leon County Health Department and school communities over the coming weeks.