(CBS) – The flu virus has shuttered another school in our area: Komarek Elementary School in North Riverside.
Even after a thorough cleaning over the weekend, they still had 30 additional kids sick on Monday, CBS 2’s Roseanne Tellez reports.READ MORE: Dolton Police Involved In Pursuit In Which Shots Were Fired On Bishop Ford Freeway
School officials announced the building would be closed for the rest of the week. On Tuesday, cleaning crews were parked outside, and masked workers could be seen disinfecting inside.
“We can’t let our kids and staff come into the building that we know is just not safe,” Supt. Brian Ganan says.READ MORE: New ILogin Verification System Is Locking Out Illinoisans Trying To File Unemployment Claims
A letter to parents posted on the district website apologized, saying the closure “may be an inconvenience but this year’s flu is extremely contagious and dangerous.”
Ganan says 25 percent of 550 students were absent Monday, or forced to leave early due to the flu.MORE NEWS: Chicago Weather: Cool Changes
“I was in the nurse’s office yesterday, and I have never ever seen that kind of traffic,” he says. “It was nonstop. Our nurse did a phenomenal job.”