It’s the kind of message to parents no school district wants to write:
“It is with deep sadness that I share the loss of one of our students, Matthew Wzorek, who attended 2nd grade at Worrall Elementary School,” the Marple Newtown School District’s statement reported by 6ABC in Philly read.
“Matthew was known to have a happy smile and kind heart in class. He loved being with his friends and was always willing to offer assistance to his teachers and peers. To say that he will be missed is an enormous understatement.”
The school district in Delaware County, eastern Pennsylvania, says the boy died Sunday night from complications surrounding the flu. The boy’s teacher is now out with the flu, as well, and the district is warning parents more kids could get sick after being exposed.
According to the district, grief counselors will be on hand at the school Tuesday.
Meanwhile, parents should be on watch for similar symptoms in their own children who attend the school, officials said.
Superintendent Tina Kane urged parents to take caution as the incubation period for the virus could take days, and possibly more students could be affected with the same virus.
“In all likelihood, all of the students in this second-grade classroom have been exposed to the Influenza B virus. Furthermore, it is probable that other students or staff members in Worrall have been exposed to the virus. Quite frankly, since the virus is airborne, the entire district should be on high alert for signs and symptoms of the flu,” said Kane.
Kane also said Matthew’s teacher is now being treated for the flu and will be out of school this week, 6ABC wrote.
According to the CDC, 92 children have died nationwide due to complications of the flu this year.
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