From Staff Reports
The flu bug is continuing its dreaded spread and now is biting excessively hard on young people in the Polk County region, resulting in the closing of schools for Friday and Monday.Assistant Director …
The flu bug is continuing its dreaded spread and now is biting excessively hard on young people in the Polk County region, resulting in the closing of schools for Friday and Monday.
Assistant Director of Schools Joel Cox announced the closure on Wednesday.
The school system was attempting to hold classes as usual today, but will bookend the weekend with closures, hopefully extending recovery time for those with the flu or other contagions. "We hope students who are not feeling well, will stay home," Cox advised.
Notice of the closures was posted on the school system's Facebook page.
The post said, "Our administrators and principals have been monitoring attendance for several days. We have been holding steady at 10 to 11 percent absentees, but our numbers today show an increase to 13 percent for the district. Our highest school was up to 17 percent."
Cox reported that Benton Elementary had 77 students and five teachers out of classes. Copper Basin Elementary and Polk County High School each had 60 students absent, with South Polk Elementary recorded 45 students absent, 35 out at Chilhowee Middle School, and 41 at Copper Basin High School.
School officials are hoping the extended weekend will help lessen the amount of sickness.
Cox also pointed out that next weekend will also provide a break, with President's Day and the school system's winter break.
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