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Milwaukee elementary school reopens after flu outbreak

Posted at 12:26 PM, Feb 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-12 13:44:38-05

MILWAUKEE -- Days after a flu outbreak shut down the Mother of Good Counsel school on Milwaukee's north side, students went back to class Monday.  

The school released cell phone video that shows cleaning crews wiping down walls, doors and desk. 

"The crews wore mask and suits. They cleaned classrooms, desk, keyboards, pianos, everything has been disinfected in this building," said Regina Shaw -- she's been the principal at the Catholic school for 21 years.  

Shaw made the decision to cancel classes for three days last week after her school was hit hard by the flu.

Sixty-four students were out sick. 213 children attend the school.  

"There are more than 60 children that have died from the flu across the country. I sat at my desk and my heart was racing. I said I know it makes sense to close the school," said Shaw.

Monday morning many parents said it was a good call to keep the students out for cleaning.

"Health, health comes first. Safety and health come first," said Donte Wren. He has three children that attend the Catholic school.   

"It was a good idea. That's a lot of kids to be out and it was never going to stop unless something was done and  the cleaning was taking place," said Julie Koth. She has three children at the school.

Thirty children were out Monday. Principal Shaw is encouraging all parents to keep their students home if that child is showing flu-like  symptoms.