Bonham, Gunter schools re-open following flu-forced closures

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BONHAM, Tex. (KXII) -- One week after closing due to a massive flu outbreak, two North Texas are now back in session.

"I've never seen it this bad," said Kelly Royse.

Royse has two daughters enrolled at Bonham ISD, one that just came down with the flu. She applauds administrators decision to close schools in hopes of getting the virus out.

"I am absolutely amazed at the foresight that the school had to close it and I'm thankful that the administration did the homework to find out what to do in order to keep the kids safe and healthy," said Royse.

On Wednesday, Bonham ISD had half as many students out sick as they did a week ago.

"I think it has made a positive difference in some way -- there's no guarantee we won't see an uptick again, but we knew doing nothing was a terrible option," said superintendent Dr. Marvin Beaty.

Gunter ISD has also seen an improvement, with just 8 percent out Wednesday. Last week, a third of their students were out sick.

"It's perplexing to us all, but you make the best decision you can at the time and you learn to live with it," added Beaty.

During the time off, both schools had sanitation crews come in an clean each of their campuses from top to bottom with misters.

"Anywhere your hands could possibly touch, got misted," said Beaty. "The strain we were suffering from was A -- the A strain. Now we're seeing signs of the B strain. So even though you've had A doesn't mean you can't get B."

Beaty said for that reason, they're getting their own misting machine.

"We are continuing to take the very same precautions that we were before and not get lax," he said.

Because the school calendar had an additional eight and a half days built in for situations like this, the district didn't lose state funding, and kids and staff won't have to make the days up.

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