Beggs school system closes two days earlier after student tests positive for menengitis.
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
"They let us know kinda what is going on and [with the]
automated service," she said.
Classes will resume January 3rd.