PALISADE, Colo. (KKCO News)-- Nearly one hundred... that’s how many kids were out sick from Palisade High School on Wednesday.
“Usually this time of year we start to get a lot of kids out sick either for colds or flu,” says Emily Shockley with District 51.
D51 confirmed that some type of illness is going through the school: “Flu-like symptoms. A lot of the kids who have called in sick or have gone home sick have reported vomiting,” says Shockley.
School officials don’t know what it is or where it came from. They have been able to say it’s not linked to anything in the cafeteria.
“There were so many that called in sick right at the start of the day, versus how many went home,” says Shockley.
Smack dab in the middle of flu season, it’s a good reminder to keep up good hygiene.
“Make sure you’re not touching your face a lot; that’s a great way to pick up germs,” says Shockley.
The plan for now is to do some deep cleaning. Extra custodial staff is coming in Wednesday night to disinfect every edge and corner of the school.
“Since we’re entering cold and flu season in general, it’s always good to just do that disinfecting,” says Shockley, “If your child is vomiting make sure they definitely stay home until at least 24 hours after their symptoms are all gone,”
Classes still resumed as normal on Wednesday. Because the number is so close to 10% of the student body calling out sick, the school made the call to disinfect the entire school. D51 says it would have to be closer to 25% of students out sick for classes to be cancelled entirely.
If they haven’t already, parents at Palisade High School should be getting a note from the district about the cleaning.