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Absences close Fayetteville school

Posted October 15, 2009

— A Fayetteville private school was closed Thursday and will remain closed Friday, as a precaution against illness, a spokeswoman said.

Students in grades K-12 got two days off from Liberty Christian Academy, at 6548 Rockfish Road, so the school could be cleaned and disinfected. This school, which opened in 1999, has a total enrollment of 328.

Liberty Christian Academy Fayetteville school closed due to flu

“We’ve had two students diagnosed with H1N1,” Principal Duncan Edge said.

Edge said he made the move as a precaution, after noticing that absenteeism was high. About 20 percent of the student body was out sick earlier in the week, and teachers were feeling the ill effects as well, he said.

"We had a teacher who was pregnant and went home (with flul-ike symptoms) yesterday,” he said.

Healthy teachers and staff used bleach and anti-bacterial agents Thursday to scrub down walls, desks and other surfaces in anticipation of the students' return on Monday.

"We made sure we Lysol-ed everything, Clorox-ed everything the best we could," Edge said.

Absences high to east, schools stay open

The Edenton-Chowan school system in northeast North Carolina is feeling the effects of a flu outbreak. More than 13 percent of the 300-member student body was absent Wednesday, district spokeswoman Michelle Maddox said. About 250 students were out sick Thursday. The greatest percentage of absenteeism was reported at the county's two elementary schools.

Many of the ill students have reported flu-like symptoms, but some have strep throat or other upper-respiratory illnesses, Maddox said.

The 300 absentees are about triple the average for a school day.

Schools will stay open and administrators encouraged students, parents and teachers to step up efforts to keep surfaces and hands clean. Officials are allotting time throughout the day for teachers and students to wash their hands before the use of high-traffic areas such as computer labs and group workstations.

"Our teachers and staff have been trained on hand washing and proper sneezing and coughing etiquettes that they should be using," Maddox said. "We are also encouraging and teaching our students about hand washing and proper sneezing and coughing etiquette."


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  • 1Moms_View Oct 15, 2009

    time4real, Yes, we do get enough garbage already. However, I spent an hour after school hours (on my own time) washing down all the desks door knobs, sinks and anything else I could think of before I came home. Of course, the cost of all the hand sanitizers, antibacterial soaps, bleach, Lysol wipes all are paid for by me.

    Parents who continually send kids to school when they are obviously sick and not in any condition to be in school are creating the problem. Of course, a kid can seem fine early in the morning, then progressively get worse during the day. But for goodness sakes, when they're sick before sending them to school, keep them home so they don't spread it over the whole room. Of course, the ones who do that are also the ones who constantly are changing their numbers without notifying the school of the new number.

    I had over 40% of some of my classes absent Mon-Wed. Many were sent home with fevers or throwing up after coming to school sick. Now I have it too.

  • dianeclay1999 Oct 15, 2009

    glad for the effort, but A LOT of PARENTS KNOWINGLY send their children to school with fevers or illness! Parents should follow the rules and keep there children home when they are sick!

  • hawk_fan Oct 15, 2009

    Not only do I get to scrub desks because the custodians don't do this, but I also get to check heads when we have lice issues because our school nurse is shared between 8 schools.

  • SaltlifeLady Oct 15, 2009

    Teachers do way too much for the little pay they receive. However, scrubbing down everything and spraying it with Lysol will clean the school, but the virus dies within 5-7 hours on surfaces anyway so there is no virus when the kids come in the next day even without the scrubbing. Consider yourself lucky if your absentee number is low. It is either because those kids are being really good about washing their hands, or the parents are actually keeping their kids home like they should when they are sick until they are well again.

  • teach4ever67 Oct 15, 2009

    Time4Real - Most of the public has no idea the many duties that teachers take on in order to maintain safety for our students. Since the outbreak of the flu, I spend EVERY afternoon scrubbing down my desks and the other areas of my class that children hands have been through out the day. I must be doing something right because only 3 of my children have been out sick so far.

  • time4real Oct 15, 2009

    if i were a teacher i would NEVER show up to scrub anything. don't they get enough garbage treatment?