MUHLENBERG CO., Ky. (WFIE) - Muhlenberg County School District will not have classes from Wednesday through February 17 due to a significant number of confirmed cases of flu and flu-like symptoms throughout the district.
Muhlenberg Health Department officials say they have seen about triple the number of cases of influenza-like illnesses in the last month.
“It’s coupled really with the sick kids coming to school and they’re in a close environment so they’re spreading their germs a lot more easily," Registered Nurse Alma Fink said.
And that's why school district officials decided to cancel school for the next several days.
“Over the past few weeks, we’ve been well over 90 percent district-wide," said Community Relations Specialist Carla Embry "And so when you start seeing numbers, in particular in one of our schools, drop below that, then that really gets our attention.”
The health department noted that elementary schools are more prone to initially spreading the illness, and then it works its way through the other schools.
“Children are not conscious about having to practice good hand hygiene and they touch everything," Fink said. “And then everything goes into their mouth or they touch their face. So they get contaminated with these germs.”
Both the health department and the school district are urging parents to keep their children home if they’re showing any flu-like symptoms.
“A student will wake up feeling good the next morning and has not had a fever through the night but they need to follow their health providers guidelines," Embry said. “If they say at least 24 hours of no fever with no medication for that then that’s when you’re safe. So please follow your health providers’ guidelines.”
Students will return to school on February 18.
District employees will report back on February 17 for a staff workday.