MCLEAN COUNTY, Ky. (WEHT) Custodians at McLean County Schools were in intensive cleaning today after schools closed due to so many kids being sick.
Attendance rates at some schools were below 90% earlier this week.
The floor cleaner was one of the few sounds at McLean County Middle School Friday.
“Handles, chairs, door facings, the in and out of door handles,” said Mindy Kitchens, a custodian at McLean Co. Middle School. Those were some things she and other custodians cleaned. She suspected illness rates were going to go up this time of year, and stocked up on supplies.
“After Christmas break, you always know you’re probably going to have a situation where you’re going to have more illnesses this time of year, especially with the temperature going up and down as it has been,” she said.
Assistant Superintendent Ashley Troutman says educators noticed more student and staff absences, and at least three schools had attendance at or below ninety percent this past week.
“It really started at the end of last week, just started seeing the decline in attendance. A lot of staff, as well as their children, were having some flu. Really started monitoring it Monday of this week and each day it seemed like we were dropping in attendance,” he recalled. Troutman and Kitchens say parents can be proactive on reducing germs at home that could get their child sick.
“I think, certainly, when they do have the flu, make sure they’re cleaning things in their house so that it doesn’t spread from family member to family member,” says Troutman.
“Try to wash their coats, gloves, their hats, the things they would wear in winter,” adds Kitchens.
While other districts reported attendance rates in the mid-90s, Ohio County School officials say they’ll clean more during the weekend to cut down on absences in their district.
(This story was originally published on January 17, 2020)