Mono Fears Shut Down Phenix City School

A Phenix City school will be closed Monday after several students showed symptoms of mononucleosis.

The principal at St. Patrick's on Lakewood Drive says only one of the students has been diagnosed with mono.

But as a precaution, the principal says the school will be shut down and cleaned this weekend.

With flu season in high gear, many children are missing school because of a fever or runny nose.

At Saint Patrick's School in Phenix City, mono may be the culprit that's making some kids sick.

"We're trying to avoid it going any further because it's a contagious disease and we have a lot of little kids here, ages 3 to 5 as well as all the way to eighth grade," said principal Ginger Morris.

Principal Morris says one student was taken home by an ambulance on Friday, after suffering seizures at school.

She says he is the only confirmed case of mono, but other students have shown symptoms.

"I spoke to a woman at the Health Department who recommended it might be prudent to go ahead and close down Monday, work on the school, some on the weekend and some on Monday cleaning up," said Morris.

The school's water fountains, cafeteria, and bathrooms will all be sanitized.

Principal Morris says this isn't an outbreak, and there's nothing to worry about.

And one parent we spoke to agrees.

"I think that closing the school is a bit of an over reaction. I think one kid having mono shouldn't mean the whole school closes down. But better safe than sorry," said parent Art Belliveau.

While other parents may worry their child could contract mono, Art Belliveau isn't concerned about his Pre-K daughter.

"She doesn't go around kissing people a whole lot yet. She's a big hugger, but I don't have a fear of that," said Belliveau.

According to the Center for Disease Control, the major symptoms of mono are a fever, sore throat, and swollen lymph glands.

If your child has any of these symptoms, they should see a doctor as soon as possible.

As for St. Patrick's, Principal Morris says the school will be open again on Tuesday.