West Central elementary student dies from flu-related complications

Published: Feb. 17, 2020 at 11:32 AM CST
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West Central School District officials have confirmed a student in the district has died following flu-related complications.

Fourth-grader Rylon Anderson died this weekend, according to Superintendent Brad Berens.

Anderson died Sunday after being admitted to a Sioux Falls hospital Friday with a case of Influenza A.

Berens said Anderson did not miss any school last week.

West Central's crisis team met Sunday night to discuss how to handle the situation. Berens sent a letter to staff about the death, saying the district is ready to assist those who knew Anderson.

South Dakota had seen seven flu-related deaths as of Feb. 8, according to the most recent Department of Health weekly influenza summary. All of those deaths were people over age 50.


has been set up to help the Anderson family.

The page says Rylon had quote, "a heart of gold and was always the sweetest son, brother, family member and best friend" anyone could ask for.