Ill­ness closes school for a day

New Bos­ton ISD can­cels classes to­day

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All schools in New Bos­ton In­de­pen­dent School Dis­trict will be closed to­day for staff to clean the cam­puses fol­low­ing an in­crease in staff and stu­dent ill­nesses.

Su­per­in­ten­dent Dr. Rose Mary Neshyba said clos­ing the schools will give them an op­por­tu­nity to deep clean ev­ery­thing with hopes of re­duc­ing the spread of both the flu and stom­ach viruses that have been go­ing around the cam­puses for about two weeks now.

“We’ve been watch­ing the pat­terns (of at­ten­dance),” she said. “One cam­pus would be up to 96 per­cent, with an­other drop­ping be­low 90 the same day.”

Of the 400 stu­dents en­rolled at New Bos­ton High School, Thurs­day’s at­ten­dance showed 45 miss­ing school, with ad­di­tional stu­dents check­ing out after roll was taken.

They’ve been dis­in­fect­ing every night with Clorox wipes, but it didn’t seem to be enough, she said. Hav­ing the stu­dents out of the class­rooms for four days will give staff the op­por­tu­nity to deep clean ev­ery­thing and pro­vide a health­ier en­vi­ron­ment, Neshyba added.

“This will also give stu­dents an ex­tended time at home to get well,” she said.

Stu­dents were al­ready sched­uled to be out Mon­day for a teacher pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment day. Ad­min­is­tra­tors will also con­tinue to mon­i­tor at­ten­dance once stu­dents re­turn to de­ter­mine if ad­di­tional steps should be taken to elim­i­nate the ill­nesses.

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