Health experts together with teachers and staffers at multiple schools in Clinton City have taken extreme measures to protect the students from spreading illness and decided to close the educational facilities for the week. The schools are only adding to an already thick list of other educational facilities closed because of health concerns in East Tennessee. Hence, multiple facilities in Monroe will be closed on Friday, February 10th, Clinton City Schools will not receive students on Wednesday, and Campbell County schools will suspend classes on Thursday.
Larry Nidiffer, Director of Campbell County Schools says that all students received the flu shot. However, there is another virus circulating in East Tennessee that has infected some of the students already. Following this course of action, officials hope to prevent a potential epidemic, especially now when the influenza season has reached its peak.
Campbell County Schools Director further said that officials will take advantage of the days in which the schools are closed and will clean up the buildings. Also, getting away from each other is a good idea to allow treatment to take effect, added Larry Nidiffer.
On Monday, February 6th, Knox County Schools announced the educational facilities will be closed down through Thursday and Wednesday, because of the large number of students, teachers, and school staff that have taken ill. Lenoir City Schools made the same announcement on the same day. However, classes will be suspended only through Wednesday. Students at Sweetwater and Grainger County Schools will stay home through Tuesday.
As of now, Knoxville’s Oneida and Grace Christian Academy, Loudon County, Roane County, Rhea County, Anderson County, Union County, and Monroe County schools have recently closed down due to increasing concerns in regard to the teachers’ and students’ health. On Wednesday, at 9 a.m. students at the Christian Academy in Knoxville are invited to attend classes once more.
According to the head of Knox County Health Department, Dr. Martha Buchanan, there are several bugs circulating in the area that makes everybody sick and have not yet been identified. Health experts have ruled out the possibility of a flu infection, as all strains of the disease that have been circulating in the area have been included in this year’s vaccine.
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