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Flu causes more closures

Flu causes more closures

By CHRIS MENEES
Staff Reporter
Today and Tuesday are sick days in the Fulton County (Ky.) School System — for everyone.
Fulton County schools are closed both today and Tuesday due to a flu outbreak, according to school officials.
Sources also said the district’s schools were disinfected over the weekend to help stop the spread of the flu and strep viruses, but district Superintendent Dennis Bledsoe could not be reached for comment this morning.
As a result of the school closure, Fulton County’s athletic events have been canceled and/or rescheduled.
Likewise, all schools in the Obion County School System were closed Friday and today because of a severe outbreak of flu and strep. All student extracurricular activities were canceled and were to be rescheduled accordingly.
Obion County classes were canceled at the end of Thursday’s school day after the state Department of Education granted the school system’s request for permission to close.
“Although the sickness has not hit the county as a whole, our fear is that if we do not take steps now to prevent the spread, it will just be a matter of time,” Obion County Director of Schools David Huss wrote in his request for the school cancellation.
The county school district stockpiles days and Huss requested the use of two stockpiled days for the two days school was dismissed.
Huss reported last week that Obion County Central High School and Hillcrest Elementary School, both in Troy, were the hardest hit by sickness so far. There were 222 students absent from OCCHS’ 929-student population and over 100 students missing from Hillcrest’s 570-student population on Thursday.
Classes in the Obion County School System are scheduled to resume Tuesday.
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Staff Reporter Chris Menees may be contacted by email at cmenees@ucmessenger.com.

Published in The Messenger 12.10.12

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