ALERT: Flu Outbreak Closes St. John & Endicott Schools
WHITMAN COUNTY, Wash. – School administrators in the town of St. John decided to close the St. John and Endicott Schools for the remainder of the week after a spike of absences were linked to an outbreak of the flu.
Classes will resume Tuesday, March 8 after a teacher in-service day on Monday.
Superintendent Rick Winters said administrators had originally planned to be closed on Friday for a mid-winter break. He hopes adding a day to the vacation schedule here will allow sick students to improve and healthy students to remain well.
85 students called-out sick on Wednesday. Winters said only two students from the fourth grade class showed-up for school. The rest of the fourth grade class reported being sick.
Students were urged by teachers and administrators to rest, drink plenty of fluids and wash their hands during the recess.
Janitors and school staff planned to spend the weekend disinfecting classrooms, common areas and water fountains around the school.
The missed class days will be made-up in April, according to Winters.
KHQ Local News Reporter Anthony Gomes contributed to this report.
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