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Flu outbreak forces Big Country school district to close

Hermleigh ISD will be closed Thursday and Friday because of a flu outbreak.

HERMLEIGH, Texas -- Hermleigh ISD will be closed Thursday and Friday because of a flu outbreak.

Superintendent Brent Dawson said 53 kids were out sick Wednesday, which is about 22 percent of student body.

“Didn’t look like there was any end in sight,” Dawson said. “Kind of seemed like it was a vicious circle. Kids were just not getting well.”

When they hit the 50 mark on Wednesday, the district canceled classes for the rest of the week.

During this time, crews will “perform a full scale wipe down and spraying of the school to help prevent the spread of the flu.”

The district is asking parents to wash and disinfect coats, backpacks and other items that have been to school.

This is the second Big Country school district to make this move. Rotan ISD schools were closed Monday and Tuesday because 15 percent of their student body was out sick with the flu, strep and stomach virus.


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