Note: This story appeared in the Wednesday, Feb. 12 newspaper on Page A5.

JACKSON — The Jackson City School (JCS) District was closed last week as a result of excessive absences due to influenza.

JCS Superintendent Phil Howard tweeted on Wednesday, Feb. 5, around 6:53 p.m. that there was going to be no school on Thursday, Feb. 6 and Friday, Feb. 7, due to excessive absences regarding illness (flu).

Seasonal influenza, also known as the flu, is an illness that causes fever, headache, fatigue, cough, sore throat, nasal congestion, and body aches. It is usually spread from person to person by coughing and sneezing.

Around 375 students were absent on Wednesday, Feb. 5, which forced Howard to close the school district the rest of that week, so that all of the school buildings could be cleaned and sanitized.

Howard told The Courier late last week that all activities including sporting events, club events, and the Sweetheart Dances were canceled during that time period (Feb. 6-9, 2020).

JCS students that attend Buckeye Hills were also excused Feb. 6-7. However, if a student wanted to go, they could, but no busing from Jackson was provided.

Most people who get the flu usually recover in one to two weeks, but the flu can be deadly. The easiest way to protect yourself from the flu is to get a seasonal flu vaccine every year.

Most experts think that flu viruses are spread mainly by droplets made when people with the flu cough, sneeze or talk. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly can be inhaled into the lungs.

Less often, a person might also get the flu by touching a surface or object that has flu virus on it and then touching their own mouth or nose. You should avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

You can also fight the flu by washing your hands with soap and water, covering your cough, and having healthy habits, which can help your body fight off the flu and other illnesses.

Flu activity in Ohio is increasing and widespread throughout the state with the number of flu cases rising. The number of flu cases typically peak between December and February.

The school district in Jackson reopened on Monday, Feb. 10. Howard told The Courier, that around 235 students were absent district-wide on Feb. 10.

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