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'It comes in waves': As kids come back from winter break, area schools strive to stave off flu

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Caitlyn Jones

Leiza Castro goes through eight bottles of hand sanitizer every year. A daily dousing has become a necessity, especially now, as she finds herself surrounded each day by 24 often runny noses. Castro and her kindergarten students returned to W.S. Ryan Elementary School last week to kick off the spring semester, but several spent the holidays recovering from stomach viruses or the flu. But the sickness isn't just relegated to Ryan.

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