Flu forces Hebbronville school district to shut down, disinfect

To get an idea of just how bad the flu is hitting areas around the country, look no further than the tiny South Texas community of Hebbronville.

HEBBRONVILLE (KIII NEWS) - To get an idea of just how bad the flu is hitting areas around the country, look no further than the tiny South Texas community of Hebbronville.

The entire Jim Hogg County Independent School District was shut down Friday so crews could deep clean all school buildings. The district has been hit particularly hard by the flu this season.

Custodian Dora Garcia was busy Friday cleaning the Hebbronville High School on a day that students should have been in class, if not for rampant flu. Instead she spent the day disinfecting the campus.

The district brought in pallets of cleaning supplies to ensure that the schools would be virus free.

The district has over 1,000 students and 182 teachers and support staff. Lately, hundreds began getting sick with the flu and attendance dropped by 30-percent. Everyone around town knew something had to be done.

The district will continue the huge job of cleaning the elementary, junior high, and high school campuses through the weekend because classes resume Monday morning. They hope to have the flu completely wiped away by then.

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