All 18 schools in the Raytown School District will be closed Monday because of an outbreak of flu-like symptoms among students and staff.
By MATT CAMPBELL
The Kansas City Star
The district will begin today to disinfect all school buildings and buses, said spokeswoman Cathy Allie. The work is expected to continue into Monday.
Allie said the number of absences has escalated steadily since Tuesday at all schools. Attendance at Little Blue Elementary on Friday was just 65 percent, and 13 of 32 staffers were out sick.
The district began notifying parents on Friday and will post an announcement on its website today, Allie said.
Allie said symptoms reported in Raytown schools included vomiting, fever, coughing and respiratory problems, but there is no official diagnosis of influenza.
The district does not have a centralized food preparation system. Each school has its own kitchen.
The Northern Hills Christian Academy in the Clay County community of Holt also was closed Friday because of illness.
Jeff Hershberger, a spokesman for the Kansas City Health Department, said his agency had “hardly seen any flu” cases and was not aware of an outbreak of illness.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s weekly map of reported flu cases shows an increase in Missouri from “sporadic” to “regional.” The incidence of flu in Kansas remained unchanged and was reported as “local.”
To reach Matt Campbell call 816-234-4902 or send email to email@example.com.