The Red Ledger

Flu season hits hard in second semester

Art+teacher+Amanda+Beller+chats+with+senior+Mallory+Sailer+in+room+E113+during+eighth+period+on+Thursday.+Beller+wore+a+mask+during+her+classes+this+week+as+a+precaution+against+the+flu.+
Back to Article
Back to Article

Flu season hits hard in second semester

Art teacher Amanda Beller chats with senior Mallory Sailer in room E113 during eighth period on Thursday. Beller wore a mask during her classes this week as a precaution against the flu.

Art teacher Amanda Beller chats with senior Mallory Sailer in room E113 during eighth period on Thursday. Beller wore a mask during her classes this week as a precaution against the flu.

Haidyn McKenzie

Art teacher Amanda Beller chats with senior Mallory Sailer in room E113 during eighth period on Thursday. Beller wore a mask during her classes this week as a precaution against the flu.

Haidyn McKenzie

Haidyn McKenzie

Art teacher Amanda Beller chats with senior Mallory Sailer in room E113 during eighth period on Thursday. Beller wore a mask during her classes this week as a precaution against the flu.

Hang on for a minute...we're trying to find some more stories you might like.


Email This Story






A substantial number of students and staff were marked absent last week due to the flu or flu-like symptoms.

We had more students out last week than normal, and usually it creates some challenges both for staff and students,” principal Chris Mayfield said.

Two hundred and thirty-five students were marked absent or missing class with a parent or doctor’s note on Friday, Feb. 1. By comparison, only 120 were marked absent for the same reasons on Friday, Jan. 11.

There were also about 10-15 teachers out per day. Getting substitutes in place for each teacher proved to be a challenge.

“Since I handle all the subs, I just have a process where I always look ahead of schedule and fill them in,” administrative assistant Natalie Buster said. “Thankfully our teachers step up and help by subbing for other classes, which really helped with getting everything going last week.”

Students returning to school after recovering are faced with the challenge of making up all the work they missed. Freshman Elise Frauenheim missed three school days.

“Everything has been really stressful,” Frauenheim said. “I’ve been working out schedules with my teachers and going in at different times for taking tests. I don’t have enough time because I’m handling regular school and all the makeup work that I’ve missed so it’s just not going well.”

The school has attempted to prevent the spreading of the infection by thoroughly cleaning areas of the school.

“We’ve had different locker rooms and a couple other areas receive extra cleanings over the past few weeks,” nurse Amy Dresser said. “So we’re doing everything we can. The student body needs to do what they can, which is just common courtesy and following easy simple steps.”

As students continue to be marked absent due to illness, Dresser recommends that students wash their hands thoroughly and stay home if diagnosed.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
About the Writer
Arushi Gupta, Staff Writer

Arushi Gupta is a sophomore this year, but she is told she is short enough to be in seventh grade. This will be her second year on staff at The Red Ledger,...

Leave a Comment

The Red Ledger values the opinion of its readers and encourages them to discuss its content. All comments are subject to approval by The Red Ledger staff. The Red Ledger does not allow anonymous comments and requires a valid email address. The email address will not be displayed but will be used to confirm your comments. Comments are reviewed as often as possible. Comments with inappropriate content will not be published. Once submitted, comments become the property of The Red Ledger. To see our full Comment Policy, visit https://www.theredledger.net/about-us/policies/

If you want a picture to show with your comment, go get a gravatar.




Navigate Left
  • Flu season hits hard in second semester

    Around the School

    AP seminar presentations to take place Feb. 21-22

  • Flu season hits hard in second semester

    Around the School

    Dennis Womack named interim superintendent following Moore resignation

  • Flu season hits hard in second semester

    Around the School

    CX debate team to go to UIL state

  • Flu season hits hard in second semester

    Around the School

    Speaker grabs students’ attention at assembly

  • Flu season hits hard in second semester

    Around the School

    Orchestra begins Valentine’s sales

  • Flu season hits hard in second semester

    Around the School

    Work Based Learning program holds donations for district daycare

  • Around the School

    How to ‘Report It’

  • Flu season hits hard in second semester

    Around the School

    Theater and choir to perform ‘Grease’ Jan. 17-19

  • Flu season hits hard in second semester

    Around the School

    Majestics hold coat drive for holiday season

  • Flu season hits hard in second semester

    All Videos

    Annual fine arts festival commences Nov. 30 and Dec. 1

Navigate Right
The online student news source of Lovejoy High School
Flu season hits hard in second semester