A nasty bug is crippling one Connecticut school. Officials at an elementary school in Bolton are taking precautions after more than 100 students were suffering from flu-like symptoms.
Superintendent of Schools Kristin B. Heckt said there is no documented outbreak of the flu at Bolton Center School. However, school officials received more than 100 calls from parents of students becoming ill from Friday to Tuesday.
"Certainly, it's much higher than would be a normal occurrence," Heckt said.
On Friday, 15 percent of the school, which is pre-K through eighth grade, was out sick and the bug knocked 30 percent of the school population out of classes Monday. On Tuesday, 24 fewer students called out sick.
However, there are only three confirmed cases of the flu while others are suffering from upper respiratory problems.
"We do have student with upper respiratory illness going on," Heckt said. "Some vomiting, some fever, so it really does run the gamut."
School officials have canceled all after-school activities including a PTA meeting and a concert scheduled for this week as a precaution.
"We made a decision to not have the school dance that night, so we won't pass around more germs," Heckt said. "It's not a good idea."
An anti-bacterial scrubbing was scheduled for each day this week, Heckt said. Employees are wiping down desks and door knobs with anti-bacterial liquids while asking teachers to implement some health tips into their lessons.
Heckt said no other schools are being affected by the bug.
The following tips were offered by school officials to help students avoid getting sick:
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