MAYFLOWER, AR – Mayflower Elementary School is set to close on October 22 due to illness, according to the Superintendent.
Superintendent John Gray issued the following statement:
”Our elementary school is experiencing a high amount of illness right now. It appears to be mainly a virus that is causing flu like systems. We have also heard reports of strep throat and nine cases of mono. These illnesses are now starting to spread to our other schools.
After consulting with medical advice I have decided to take the following actions to help stop the spread of illness:
1. All facilities will be disinfected
2. For tomorrow and Friday, children who have fever or feel sick should stay at home. Any absence will not be counted against a student and all work and tests can be made up.
3. School will be closed on Monday, October 22. This will help break the cycle of illness.
4. Information sheets on mono and taking care of students will be sent home.
I thank you for your co-operation, patience, and any inconvenience this may cause. I sure hope this helps stop the illness.”
Thursday's absences totaled 256 students. The few that are there are building a defense against the germs.
"I've just been sanitizing 24/7 and washing my hands," said Breana Hart, a fourth grader.
To prevent to potential spread of any more germs, school leaders have closed off access to the water fountains. Students are drinking out of water bottles.