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Flu takes over local daycare

Have you noticed your place is of work is emptier than normal? The flu is knocking people down one by one. A local daycare is fighting the flu from every direction with kids missing days as well as staff.

Posted: Jan. 26, 2018 7:56 PM
Updated: Jan. 29, 2018 8:35 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)- There's been a cough here, there and a sneeze or two.

That's because the kids are getting the flu.

"There's some classrooms. It hit the whole classroom at once including our staff unfortunately. There have been other classrooms where it has passed from one child to the next, so it's been a little bit difficult,"Marc Goeglien said.

Early Childhood Alliance Children's Center on Beacon Street is fighting a tough battle going to great lengths to make sure the message is clear and in real time.

"Right now with the flu going around, we can be in direct communication with the parents via this app,"he added.

They're using the app Bright Wheel to communicate with each other and parents throughout the day taking pictures and taking temperatures, so everyone is informed on flu conditions.

The co-director for Early Childhood Alliance said, right now, at this location anywhere from 25 to 30% have been hit with the flu or something like it.

"When we do have children that go home sick, we need to have a doctors note saying what it was that they had and a date of when they can return versus just their standard doctors note saying it's ok to return."

The flu is also affecting the staff causing them to make adjustments.

"If a staff member is sick in another classroom, and they have too many children for one teacher, another teacher may have to go in that classroom because it's important that we keep those ratios in order to follow along with the state's regulations," Kate Bloom said.

They are doing what they have to keep everyone from getting overwhelmed, but they are urging parents to pay attention and make sure kids are home getting well too.

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