Flu Shuts Down Local School District
CARLISLE COUNTY, KY- It is Wednesday afternoon when a bell rings, piercing the silence of the hallways at the Carlisle County High School.
But, no students rush out of classrooms. The hallways remain deserted. School is out until Tuesday. Dustin Roberts in the director of Pupil Personnel and says the district had no choice.
In recent days, he says, students have been hit hard by the flu bug.
"It was not terrible until yesterday. That's when we started to get more kids calling out than we'd had."
Roberts said on Tuesday 109 were sick. That is 15 percent of all students in the district. When the district called off school Wednesday for weather, the decision was made to keep students home a few days longer.
Greg Wright is a pharmacist at nearby Bardwell Pharmacy. He believes the school made the right call.
"I think it's hit quick," he said of this year's flu.
Wright says at his pharmacy, phones have been ringing off the hook since Friday. He estimates at least 1/3 of the 1,000 prescriptions he has filed are flu-related.
In fact, he says, there have been so many orders, it has been hard to keep up, "We ran out of Tami flu last Friday."
Now, Wright says, the medicine is back in stock. Dustin Roberts is hoping his students are using it.
"We want everyone to get healthy and get back in the classroom."
The District will be closed Monday to observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day but students will return to classes Tuesday.
The CDC says flu cases are classified as widespread- the highest level- in Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, and Tennessee.
In fact, only two states in the country, Mississippi and California are one step lower. Those two states are classified as regional.