WELLS – Dale Morton, the Wells ISD interim superintendent, announced late Wednesday that the local school district will close its campuses Thursday and Friday, Feb. 6-7, due to “a sharp spike in absences related to respiratory and flu/flu-like illnesses” during the past several days.
A letter was sent out to families, as well as posted on the district's social media page on Facebook.
“With double-digit absences and a growing number of absences each day this week, we have taken a couple of actions,” Morton wrote. “1. In addition to the extra cleaning we have been doing every day, Germbast will do a very thorough treatment of our facilities this evening; and 2. We will not have school tomorrow or Friday.
“It is our goal to break the cycle of airborne illness,” he said, adding that parents can visit the district website for more “Tips for a Healthy Wells.”
“In order to have a 'Well' school environment, we ask that you seek appropriate medical treatment at the earliest signs of fever for any member of the family. Please be sure that the sick person stays home until they have been without fever for 24 hours,” the letter stated.
“While we encourage people (student, staff and family members) to take every precaution, some school activities must go on. Please see your child's sponsor, coach or principal if you have any questions about previously scheduled activities. We will resume our normal school schedule on Monday, Feb. 10,” according to the letter.