Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy reopens Monday after flu outbreak

AURORA (Sun-Times Media Wire) - An Aurora high school that closed its campus last week because of an increase in flu cases reopened on Monday.

Classes at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy resumed at 8 a.m. Monday, according to IMSA spokeswoman Tami Armstrong. The campus was closed at 5 p.m. Jan. 22 after at least 88 students came down with the flu.

The school’s buildings were thoroughly sterilized using peroxide-based solutions and hospital-grade disinfectants recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Armstrong said.

On Monday morning, four students and one faculty member were reported absent, Armstrong said.

Last week’s closure was “based on information from the Kane County Health Department and the recommendation of Rush-Copley Medical Center,” according to a statement posted to the school’s website.

Additional days will not be added to the end of the school year to make up for the canceled classes, Armstrong said.

Kane County Health Department spokesman Tom Schlueter said the department had not been notified about any other school closings related to the flu, but there has been a countywide uptick this year of influenza-like illnesses and confirmed flu cases.

Despite flu season being in full swing, Schlueter said getting a vaccination can help to prevent the spread of the virus.

“It’s never too late to get a flu shot,” Schlueter said.

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