POSEY COUNTY, Ind. (WEHT) – As we reported earlier this week, four school districts in the area called off classes due to sickness and high absenteeism.
North Posey, Pike Central, Henderson County, and McLean County are out for the rest of the week.
Many of those schools are giving students and staff a few days to recover and giving crews time to clean the schools.
Eyewitness News stepped into one of the schools for day one of disinfecting and cleaning.
“Our custodians came in at around 6 A.M. and have been hard at it cleaning in all of the rooms wiping down all of the hard surfaces,” says North Elementary School Principal Shannon MacMunn. “Anything that little hands touch that’s what they’re wiping down. We have a disinfectant gun that fogs the different areas that we spray it in and that just disinfects the whole area.”
MacMunn says the goal is for students to return to a healthy clean learning environment.
“Taking two whole days to be able to scrub and clean and then being able to take the whole weekend with nobody else in the building to contaminate it we should see a lot more kids at school. The best place for the kids to be is in the seats in the classrooms and that’s where we want to keep them but hopefully, this will do the trick and we won’t have to do it again.”
Meanwhile, we caught up with students just to see how they are handling the four day weekend.
Although the students seemed to be handling their time off just fine, they say they are happy school officials are taking extra precautions to keep them safe.
“I think it’s good because you don’t want everyone getting sick. So just a chance to try to clear up so more people don’t get sick,” says North Posey student Kyle Mayes.
As for the mandatory assigned virtual homework, they say they aren’t too happy about that.
“I feel like at some point that can be annoying, but you can also have time to yourself to just hang out with friends,” says Mayes.
(This story was originally published on January 30, 2020)