CHILOQUIN, Ore. — Officials with the Klamath County School District have decided to close down Chiloquin Elementary School for two days this week in an effort to stop the spread of influenza at the school.
The school will be closed on Thursday and Friday, February 13 and 14. Due to the President's Day holiday, class won't be back in session until next Tuesday.
"As of Wednesday, 35 of the 190 students and nearly 25 percent of staff at the elementary school were absent due to illness," the District said. "Symptoms of influenza include high fevers, headaches, body aches, and cough."
The District said that health experts had advised anyone who is sick to stay home and recover for five to seven days. Tests found two different strains of the virus among the school population.
Chiloquin Junior/Senior High School and all other Klamath County School District schools will remain open at this time, and are reportedly not experiencing the same absence or illness rates.
"Increased cleaning and disinfecting protocols have been in place for the last two weeks," the District said. "Parents are encouraged to disinfect home surfaces including counters, door handles, and chair handles and backs as well as frequently used items such as remote controls and phones."
Parents and students are encouraged to monitor the district website for additional information and updates.
Just last week the Sage Community School in Chiloquin closed down permanently, with at least some of the students moving on to Chiloquin Elementary.