School district canceled classes because of illness

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LANGDON, Kan. (AP) – Students in a central Kansas school district are getting a day off because of an illness outbreak.

The Fairfield school district called off classes for Friday after more than 20 percent of the student body either stayed home Thursday or were sent home.

The district has more than 300 students, from Pre-K up to 12th grade.

The district includes the communities of Abbyville, Arlington, Langdon, Plains, Sylvia and Turon.

Amy Allbright has been the school nurse at Fairfield schools for five years and says she had never seen anything like this.

“At one point, we had 12 students waiting for parents to come pick them up, so we were sending students home all day long,” said Allbright.

She says throughout the day Thursday, students left in a steady stream because they were sick.

“It’s a slew of things, they had anywhere from stomach pains to severe headaches, a bad cough, you name it,” said Allbright.

Instead of a normal, busy day Friday afternoon, Superintendent Nathan Reed opted to cancel school and bring custodians in to clean and disinfect everything.

“We are at full custodial staff cleaning every nook and cranny and any surface that a student would touch or a staff member would touch, in order to get rid of the germs the best we can,” said Reed.

Reed says five custodians and two para educators arrived at the school at seven in the morning, and spent the entire day cleaning.

“Health and wellness is a top priority, so we wanted to make sure that these three days students and families were able to stay at home and get healthy,” said Reed.

Reed says they don’t have any events at the school planned for the weekend, so they won’t plan on cleaning it again before Monday.

He says they do have a policy in place if students show up sick on Monday.

Reed says that if a student has a 100 degree temperature, they have to stay home until there fever has broke and then 24 hours past that.

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