Workers will disinfect a local elementary school Wednesday after dozens of students became sickened with flu-like symptoms.
Officials say 75 students in all at Nazareth Academy Grade School in Northeast Philly were absent Tuesday, up from 55 students who were absent Monday. A total of 200 students attend the school.
Officials said the sick students are suffering from flu-like symptoms. Sister Mary Ellen, the president of Nazareth Academy, sent a letter to parents alerting them of the situation. Workers will disinfect the entire school Wednesday and classes have been canceled for that day.
“We ask that all students, staff and teachers take one day at home while all rooms are aired out and all areas, disinfected,” Sister Ellen said in her letter to parents. “It will be up to the discretion of each student whether she wishes to assign (or not to assign) work for tomorrow.”
Sister Ellen told NBC10 any surface in the school where hands come into contact will be disinfected.
"They're cleaned everyday but tomorrow we're giving them another going over just to make sure," she said.
Sister Ellen also urged parents of sick children to keep their kids home.
Heather Tereshko told NBC10 her two daughters who are in fourth and seventh grade, are among the sick students.
"Coughing, sore throat, fever," Tereshko said. "Fever was the consistent thing with both of them."
So far there are no confirmed cases of the flu and only one confirmed case of strep throat. Classes at the school will resume Thursday.