All campuses at Rio Vista ISD will close at 12:30 p.m. today and will remain closed through the remainder of the week as a result of too many students sick with the flu or other illnesses.
RVISD Superintendent Tony Martin said about 100 out of 770 students across the district are sick, with about 60 students alone at Rio Vista Elementary School. The district will reopen on Feb. 18.
Friday was already a planned half day, and Monday is a student holiday for President’s Day, so Martin said it made sense to just be closed for the rest of the week.
“We’re bringing in our custodians to disinfect the whole district,” he said. “We’re wiping down all surface areas to attempt to eliminate whatever germs where we can.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers tips to help stop the spread of germs:
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.
• If possible, stay home from work, school and errands when you are sick. This will help prevent spreading your illness to others.
• Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick. Flu and other respiratory illnesses — like respiratory syncytial virus, whooping cough and severe acute respiratory syndrome — are spread by cough, sneezing or unclean hands.
• Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his/her eyes, nose or mouth.
• Practice other good health habits. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school, especially when someone is ill. Get plenty of sleep, by physically active, manage stress, drink plenty of fluids and eat nutritious food.