POSTED: Tuesday, April 28, 2009 - 10:33pm
UPDATED: Thursday, February 25, 2010 - 12:32pm
School officials try to stop the spread of the flu in the Rio Grande City School District, after 50 cases of type a influenza are being tested for the swine flu virus.
All fourteen schools in the Rio Grande City School District are closing their doors for the rest of the week.
This, so they can clean all the schools and buses from top to bottom.
Tonight, school adminstrators and staff held a special board meeting where they were informed on what's going on with this health scare.
Out of 10-thousand-200 students in the district, one-thousand-800 of those students did not show up for school today.
This alarmed, Superintendent, Roel Gonzalez who says something needed to be done.
Gonzalez says close to 50 of their students have come down with flu like illnesses.
Those lab results were sent off to the state health department to see if they could be swine flu.
Yesterday, two Veterans Middle School students were diagnosed with type "A" flu which could carry the swine flu strain.
Being infected with type "A" flu doesn't necessarily mean you have the swine flu.
Results on these two students are expected possibly as early as tomorrow.
In the meantime, the school district is not taking any risks, when it comes to the spread of a virus.
Because the decision to close all Rio Grande City schools was made this evening, school principals will be at the schools tomorrow morning to inform any students or parents who may still show up.
Superintendent Gonzalez says, school authorities will meet again on Friday to determine what their next steps will be.