Beggs schools closed due to viral meningitis case

BEGGS, Okla - A Green Country School system is out for holiday break two days early after a student tested positive for a form of meningitis.

Beggs Schools are closed today and tomorrow, and tonight's basketball games are cancelled.

The student has viral meningitis, a less dangerous strain than the bacterial variant. He is in the hospital and school officials say they don't want to risk anyone else getting sick.

Amy Sims, a parent of a Beggs middle-schooler, talked with 2NEWS about her reaction to the confirmed case.

"I was afraid, and then shocked and then once they told us it wasn't quite as bad as they thought it was, a little bit of relief," said Sims.

School leaders notified the county health department and state epidemiology office. They want parents to know the symptoms of the particular strain and that is not highly contageous.

"It has fever headache, neck ache. Sometimes there can be nausea," said Beggs school nurse Karen Freeman.

The district has opted for a voluntary closure.

A disaster restoration company is donating its services and will sanitize all campus buildings and all school buses.

"The sanitizing agent sprayed will be aerosol, so with multiple applications it goes fairly quickly," said Felix Omtiveros with TRC, Disaster Restoration.

Crystal Simmons, mother of a Beggs student, was pleased with the school's response.

"They let us know kinda what is going on and [with the] automated service," she said.

Classes will resume January 3rd.

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