Winter break may be over, but we’ve entered the true most wonderful time of the year: flu season.

Story by Abby Beauregard, Trey Martin, Haley Dixon

Photo by Robert Sawyer


Winter break may be over, but we’ve entered the true most wonderful time of the year: flu season.

You’ve probably noticed symptoms such as the symptoms: friends missing school, the sweet melody of coughing and sneezing during a lecture, having to let people back into class that just insist on leaving the class to blow their noses.

It’s here folks and unless you do something about it, the germs are coming for you too.

It cannot be stressed enough how important hand washing is to avoid getting sick. (Also getting enough sleep, but who has time for that?)

In theory, it seems simple enough.

Step One, turn the water on. Wow, is that water freezing. Would it kill the school to get some hot water?

Step Two, go for the soap only to find that there is no soap in either dispenser.

Step Three, walk back to class drying hands on pants because, like the soap, the air coming out of the hand dryer is nonexistent.

Step Four, try to get hand sanitizer out of the dispenser only to find that there isn’t any of that either.  Must find basic white girl and her Bath and Body Works stash.

If the school wants to prevent students from getting sick and missing valuable instruction time, it isn’t doing a very good job of it.

There are lots of simple steps they could be taking to control the spread of the disease but are simply falling short.

The custodial staff can do all possible to refill soap and sanitizer, but if they don’t have the funding to replace it, it won’t happen.

Numerous teachers encourage their students to buy their own hand sanitizer or tissues and bring them into class for all students to use, but why should that burden and expense be put on the students? The school doesn’t want to dish out some extra cash for the students health, but thank goodness we have a new athletic facility that is barely used!

For example, what ever happened to refilling the hand sanitizer dispensers? Sure, there were some kids that abused it and contributed to the rise of the “super germ” and killed a bunch of brain cells smelling it, but it helped keep the school less germy.

Prioritizing refilling those, especially during colder months, would help curb the spread of germs and prevent so many students from getting sick.

It makes sense to spend the money on sanitizer so that students are missing out on something much more priceless: instruction time.