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Some schools see increase in flu cases, absences

School System taking necessary precautions
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Posted at 10:05 AM, Nov 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-07 16:48:11-05

Some school districts in Acadiana are seeing an increase in flu cases and absences.

Here's a breakdown of the parishes:

Acadia Parish

Acadia Parish Superintendent Scott Richard says they are experiencing unusually high incidents of the flu, but operations remain normal. The school system is taking normal precautions at schools in the parish in relation to the high incidents of the flu. Locations that have seen this increase are the Iota and Church Point areas, according to Richard.

No closures have been necessary. The Superintendent did not give specifics on how many students were affected by the flu at schools in Acadia Parish.

"Our teachers, principals, staff and community medical providers have worked diligently to help those schools through this process. We're hoping we are on the tail end of things as the spike in flu cases runs its course," Richard said.

Along with the high incidents of flu in those specified areas, Richard says that they are also dealing with routine sinusitis issues that occur during this time of year.

Evangeline Parish

No data at this time

Iberia Parish

No data at this time

Lafayette Parish

No data at this time, however, we do know that more than 50 students missed class this week at Carencro Heights Elementary because of the flu. Carencro Heights will be closed on Friday November 8, 2019.

St. Landry Parish

St Landry has not seen an increase in absences.

St. Martin Parish

St. Martin Parish Superintendent Al Blanchard said there is an uptick in absences in a couple different schools. The district has received guidance from the Department of Heath that they have put into action.

St. Mary Parish

No data at this time

Vermilion Parish

Vermilion Parish Superintendent Jerome Puyau stated there are no large number of absences at this time due to flu or any other illnesses.

More on the high cases and precautions others in Louisiana are taking to combat the sickness, here.