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Playgrounds empty, doors closed; not your typical Friday

By Lakecia Shockley - bio | email
Posted by Ellen Krafve - email

DIANA, TX (KLTV) - It was not your typical Friday at New Diana schools. Playgrounds were empty and doors were closed. That's because like several other Texas school districts.

A probable case of H1N1 has shut down New Diana ISD.

"We have the best interest of our children at heart and we're willing to do whatever the state advises and we're taking the precautions here to make sure our children safe for our children to return," said Joyce Sloan, New Diana ISD Superintendent.

11-year-olds Kayli and her best friend Lidiaus attend New Diana. Kayli's mom is making the most of the girl's time off from school.

They're going camping.

"We're going to play this weekend," said Dana Morvan. "Get out of Diana. I did choose to stay home. I work for a good company that I can take vacation time and that's what I did. There's concern but no to the point where you're just going to lock the doors and stay in...no."

Not all parents are as lucky as Dana.

Kristi Newland had to stay home with her kids Lauren and Jacob; not just because the school closed, but her kids' after school day care, Playtime Academy is closed as well.

"So if mom and dad have a hard time finding child care then their forced to stay at home with them and then they're not bringing home money to support the family," Newland.

Trina Rhodes runs Playtime Academy. It's the only day care in New Diana. Friday, they closed to do extra cleaning and disinfecting to make sure everything was sanitized.

The district was supposed to start cleaning and disinfecting all of the schools campuses Friday but because they need a special solution, it has to be ordered and shipped. So the cleaning is put off until Monday.

While the students are out, the district warns parents not to let students have large gatherings.

"[We are doing] as much as possible try to avoid large groups of children where they might be that they can cross contaminate," said Sloan.

At Security State Bank in Diana they're trying to stop cross contamination too.

Instead of giving out suckers they're giving out sanitizers.

"I shake hands with a lot of people everyday," said Jody Stark, VP of Security State Bank. "So I've been using it every time I shake hands I use it and wash my hands. So, I feel that's the prevention of it."

It is a good prevention that will hopefully keep the H1N1 virus away.

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