DeKalb Schools student dies from flu virus


A DeKalb County School District student died from the flu on Sunday, school officials said Monday.

The 15-year-old was a student at Cross Keys High School. A note from Principal Jason Heard informed staff of the teen’s passing Monday morning after classes started. His death is apparently the first in the district related to the flu. DeKalb County School District officials said in an interview last week that no student deaths had been reported to that point.

Related: Teen’s death shows flu’s spread not over.

Heard said this morning that counselors were beginning classroom visits and that students who needed immediate attention could receive it at the school’s media center.

The school declined to share more information about the student, saying it wanted to give space to the staff and other students to work through their feelings.

More than 60 Georgians have died from the flu this season, and school districts are taking extra precautions as the number of people stricken with the illness continues to grow.

Flu deaths in Georgia are high and the crest of the flu season may not have hit yet.

Here are seven ways to prevent spreading the flu on ajc.com.

MYAJC.COM: REAL JOURNALISM. REAL LOCAL IMPACT.

The AJC's Marlon A. Walker keeps you updated on the latest happenings in metro Atlanta K-12 news and DeKalb County Schools. You'll find more on myAJC.com, including these stories:

Never miss a minute of what's happening in state and local education. Subscribe to myAJC.com.


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Education

APS delays tax-rate vote after failing to give proper legal notice for meeting
APS delays tax-rate vote after failing to give proper legal notice for meeting

The Atlanta school board will postpone Monday’s vote to set a property tax rate after the district failed to give proper legal notice for the meeting. Atlanta Public Schools announced Saturday afternoon that the school board still would hold a public hearing Monday but would wait until Aug. 6 to vote on the millage rate.  Monday’s...
Big changes for metro Atlanta schools, opening soon
Big changes for metro Atlanta schools, opening soon

More than 800,000 students will return to schools in metro Atlanta by early August, and they and their parents will see some changes, as will anyone who uses the roadways or pays taxes. Seventeen school districts in the metro area will be open by Aug. 8, with most of them starting the week before that. >>See when school districts reopen New laws...
Georgia rises, still in bottom third of Kids Count education rankings
Georgia rises, still in bottom third of Kids Count education rankings

A new snapshot of how Georgia’s children and families are faring offers sobering statistics sprinkled amid good news. For the first time in six years, Georgia climbed higher than No. 40 in the nation in a Kids Count ranking of education, economic, health, and family factors reported by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Not that Georgia...
Texted slur stirs alarm at Georgia Southern
Texted slur stirs alarm at Georgia Southern

A student at Georgia Southern University shared an allegedly racist student text message that caused concern on campus. The student, in screening a new roommate, mistakenly sent out a text to the wrong person, in which she used the slur. The student apologized, saying she meant to type “triggerfish” but that was autocorrected by her phone...
Cobb County teachers to get bigger raise, school board sets tax rate
Cobb County teachers to get bigger raise, school board sets tax rate

Cobb County School District teachers will receive an additional 1.5 percent raise, for a total raise this year of 2.6 percent, after the school district reported more growth in the property tax digest than anticipated.  The school board previously approved a 1.1 percent raise for employees. On Thursday, the board unanimously agreed to tack on...
More Stories