Brisbane school tells students to stay home after flu outbreak

Henrietta Strickland
August 3, 2018

Middle Park State School, an independent public school in the south-west of Brisbane, sent a letter to parents explaining the school had been struck by a host of influenza cases, forcing them to effectively close the school on Friday, August 3.

Nearly one-third of the student population have been struck down, with around 182 students and 15 teachers sick on Thursday, 7 News reported.

"We have an extraordinary outbreak of Influenza A & B and urge parents to keep their students home".

A Year 6 "Technology Day" at the school was also cancelled due to "exceptional health issues".

'Influenza has hit the Centenary Suburbs hard.

Education department Regional Director Helen Kenworthy said they hoped a break from regular classes until Monday would allow them to thoroughly clean the school and get ahead of the outbreak.

Ms Kitchen added that a handful staff members would remain in the event parents couldn't make alternative arrangements for children.

"Be assured we are doing everything possible to deal with the issue such as sending information on symptoms and exclusion periods", the message continues.

"One key thing that we emphasise not just for this school but in general is it is so important for sick children and adults to stay away from the school or childcare or workplace", Dr Jarvinen said.

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