ASHE COUNTY, N.C. ̵
District officials shut down everything Thursday from door handle to computer keyboards.
"At 10:30 this morning, I felt her head. It felt hot," said replacement teacher Ann Peters about a student. "I sent her down to the nurse and she goes home with a 100-plus fever."
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In the middle school alone, 150 children were ill on Thursday.
"We're trying to dry our door handles and our keyboards – headphones – two or three times a day and just trying to keep things as clean as possible," says principal Jennifer Holden.
Thousands of children were also ill at Westwood Elementary School.
Superintendent told Channel 9 that it is not only widespread cases of influenza but also strep and a stomach failure that affect schools across the county.
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Channel 9's Dave Faherty looks at the other precautions officials are taking to prevent more children from getting sick at Eyewitness News on 5.
Officials ask children to wash their hands as soon as they come to school and again before they leave for lunch.
A child even went to school with a mask for protection against influenza. His mother works in the lunch room, where she and other employees clear tables and changed serving tools when a new class arrived.
"Yes, he has a mask on," said his mother, Ruth Blair. "His sister was ill yesterday, and we were with the doctor, and he saw the mask, and now he won't take it off, but he's not sick."
School leaders said the outbreak did not only affect students. teachers have tested positive for influenza.
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