Flu epidemic has Ahwatukee schools fearing worst yet to come.

Posted: January 19, 2018 / Source: Ahwatukee Foothills News

With the Centers for Disease Control determining that flu is widespread in Arizona and virtually across the continental United States, schools in Ahwatukee saw little impact as students returned last week from their two-week winter break.

But officials for both Tempe Union High School and Kyrene school districts are holding their breath, fearing the worst is yet to come.

“I have checked with both Mountain Pointe and Desert Vista and neither school has seen an increase in student or teacher absence since returning from winter break,” Tempe Union School District Jen Liewer said four days into the first full week of school in 2018. “They both said that things seem to be normal as it relates to absenteeism.”

Kyrene spokeswoman Rosalie Hirano reported the same thing on Thursday, Jan. 11, stating, “The nurses have not had any reports from health assistants at the schools of excessive amounts of students in the health office presenting with influenza-like symptoms. They also have not had any surveillance requests from the state for the 2017-18 flu season.”


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