Gladewater ISD cancels Friday classes due to illness

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GLADEWATER, TX (KLTV) - Gladewater ISD Superintendent Sedric Clark announced Thursday there will be no classes Friday.

Several East Texas school district have canceled classes over the past week due to increased absences related to flu-like illness. Clark said Gladwater ISD is seeing a lot of staff absences as well as student absences.

“We’ve been watching both our student attendance and our employee for the past week. The illness bug hit us late, but it did hit us really beginning Thursday, Friday last week and continuing on,” Clark said.

Student and teacher attendance are in the 80 percentile. Clark added that the illness is also affecting the district’s ability to find substitute teachers.

Thursday’s decision came shortly after the district dismissed classes early because two campuses lost power.

“Because we let out early today, we’re going to allow this weekend for people to recover and hopefully start back next Monday,” Clark said.

Gladewater ISD’s custodial crew will be cleaning and sanitizing campuses and bus drivers will be doing the same on the school buses.

To make up for the canceled classes, Clark said the district will change March 7 from a half day to a whole day of instruction. That means parent-teacher conferences scheduled for March 7 will happen on March 8 instead.

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