East Texas school districts canceling classes due to illness

East Texas school districts canceling classes due to illness
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EAST TEXAS (KLTV) - Various East Texas school districts have made the decision to cancel classes due to illness-related absences.

Jefferson ISD Superintendent Rob Barnwell confirmed Thursday afternoon classes will be canceled for the entire district on Friday. Barnwell reported the district has made the decision due to illnesses, including cases of the flu and pneumonia. He reported the district will take the opportunity to clean the campuses and all extra-curricular activities will continue as scheduled. Classes will resume Monday.

This is a message from Rob Barnwell, Jefferson ISD superintendent. I wanted to let you know that classes will be...

Posted by Jefferson ISD on Thursday, February 7, 2019

Karnack ISD’s website confirmed that the whole district will be closed Friday due to a high number of flu-related sicknesses. The school will be deep cleaned while the students are at home on Friday, the statement says.

Linden-Kildare CISD has joined the list of school districts canceling classes on Friday. They reported due to an increase of cases of the flu, they’ve made the decision to do cancel classes, taking the opportunity to deep-clean and sanitize. Linden-Kildare reported all extra-curricular activities will still take place.

The district posted the following statement about the closure on their website:

Due to an increase in cases of flu throughout our district, there will be no school Friday, February 8th , for students of Linden Kildare CISD. We hope this will give families a chance to get healthy and keep the flu contained. Also, this will allow the district an opportunity to do a deep cleaning and sanitation. Students, enjoy your day home and those that are sick we hope you get to feeling better real soon. All extracurricular games and competitions will take place as scheduled. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the administration office at 903-756-7071.

Murchison ISD has also made the decision to cancel classes on Friday due to students and teachers being out sick. An official with the school reported classes continue as normal on Thursday and then resume again on Monday.

Murchison ISD will be closed Friday, February 8, 2019. School will resume at our regularly scheduled time on Monday,...

Posted by Murchison ISD PTO on Thursday, February 7, 2019

Eustace ISD’S administrator’s announced Thursday that classes will be canceled Friday because of a recent increase in illness-related absences.

“Classes are being cancelled for tomorrow, Friday, February 8. 2019 due to an increase in the number of students and staff that are absent due to illness,” stated an alert that was sent out to Eustace ISD parents. “Classes will resume Monday, February 11, 2019, at regular time.”

The alert also said that students will not have to make the missed day up at a later date.

A spokeswoman for the Eustace school district said that the EISD campuses will let out at the normal times this afternoon.

LaPoynor ISD announced on Wednesday classes would be canceled on both Thursday and Friday due to illnesses. They reported classes will resume on Monday.

Oakwood ISD posted on Facebook they are canceling classes on Friday in order to “deep clean.” It was reported that 33 students were absent due to illness on Thursday, some out with the confirmed flu.

The district reported all UIL academic events will still take place on Friday, including the academic meet in Wells and the basketball game against Laneville.

“Thank you for understanding and for helping us keep our Panthers healthy. The spreading of flu and strep is a serious concern and we need to be as proactive as possible," the district said in their Facebook post.

Gladewater ISD Superintendent Sedric Clark reported Thursday school would closed on Friday because of the flu and other illnesses. He reported the district has seen not only a lot of student absences but staff absences as well. In a Facebook post, they reported school buildings and buses will be cleaned.

Due to excessive student and teacher absences from illness, Gladewater ISD will be closed Friday, February 8 in order...

Posted by Gladewater ISD on Thursday, February 7, 2019

Mount Vernon ISD announced on Wednesday they were canceling classes Thursday and Friday due to the number of students out sick with the flu. School will return on Tuesday after a staff development day on Monday. A Facebook post from the school also stated that Mount Vernon ISD’s custodial staff will be doing a “rigorous disinfecting on all parts” of the school district over the next few days.

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