The school districts say although there’s no way to know how many of those absences were related to the flu or flu-like symptoms, they aren’t taking any chances.
Many are deputizing teachers to help custodial crews to clean commonly-used areas and wipe places students frequently touch, such as light switches.
All are encouraging students to get flu shots.
“People tend to forget even 30 percent protection is better than no protection,” Dollinger said.
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-- Staff writers Vanessa McCray, Ty Tagami and Marlon A. Walker contributed to this article.
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