BROKEN ARROW, Okla. - Broken Arrow schools are stepping up their flu prevention efforts.
Clorox wipes, frequent hand washing and hand sanitizer are just some of the efforts schools are using to prevent the virus from spreading.
Kelly Zilmer is a 3rd grade teacher at Broken Arrow's Highland Park Elementary.
She attacks the flu on many fronts.
Zilmer says, "I encourage the kids to use their own supplies and not share so they can keep their own crayons and glue bottles with them at all times."
Zilmer has also implemented a new procedure to stop the spread of germs at the water fountain.
Zilmer says, "They will take a little Dixie cup and fill it with water so they don't get germs from the water fountain."
Students are also encouraged to use their shirt or the crook of their elbow to cover a cough or a sneeze.
Highland Park Elementary principal Karla Dyess tells KRMG that the flu, so far, has not hit Highland Park very hard, although teachers seem to have been hit harder than students.
Dyess says about 10% of her teachers were out with the flu last week.
Dyess says, "I've have had several teachers who have had the flu so it has affected the school."
Dyess adds that all teachers have reported for duty so far this week.
Because of the large number of students at the school, Highland Park has a full-time nurse on staff.
Cindy Moore, RN, is Highland Park's nurse and has been a school nurse for 14 years.
She tells KRMG that every winter students will arrive in her office with flu-like symptoms.
Moore says she has no problem sending them home.
Moore says that its not uncommon for 40 to 50 students to be out at one time with an illness.
Moore cautions that not all student absences can be attributed to the flu.
Some, she says, can be blamed on strep throat, sore throat or other illnesses.