High Point School Closed for Extensive Cleaning

6 years 3 months 2 weeks ago Thursday, March 01 2012 Mar 1, 2012 Thursday, March 01, 2012 1:14:00 PM CST March 01, 2012 in News
By: Garrett Bergquist

CALIFORNIA - High Point R-III School District officials said Thursday the district's elementary school will remain closed through Friday for thorough disinfecting following a flu outbreak.

Superintendent Toni Westbrooks said the issue began last week when children at High Point started getting sick. The virus spread to a number of students and faculty. The district has a policy of closing the school once absenteeism hits 25 percent, and the board chose to do so Monday night. She said after school let out Wednesday, staff cleaned the building thoroughly. A disinfecting agent was then pumped into the building's ventilation system Wednesday evening. The building was kept empty Thursday to allow the agent to work. Staff will perform another deep cleaning on Friday. School resumes Monday, March 5.

School board president Jason Blankenship said the school has 91 students, so illnesses can spread through the entire student body very quickly. He said the school was kept open through Wednesday so parents could arrange for child care over the next two days. Blankenship said the school has never had to close since he joined the school board.

(Danny Matteson/KOMU)

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