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SICK DAYS: School Says Keep Sick Kids Home

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Metro schools aren’t immune to the flu outbreak that’s hitting central Iowa hard, so there doing everything they can to keep students healthy.

At Crossroads Elementary School in West Des Moines teachers and the school nurse are keeping a close eye on kids. If anyone looks sick or tired, they’re sent to the nurse to have their temperature checked, and to take a short nap.

School Nurse Cindy Hoeksema says the best way to keep the flu out of schools is for parents to keep their sick kids home.  “The kids I am seeing are running high fevers, I sent home a child today with almost a 103 temperature. Really bad coughing, a lot of fatigue, tiredness, just general I don’t feel good,” she said.

The school is also working to make sure the children wash their hands, as well as wiping down items used by a lot of people with disinfecting wipes.