ASHLAND, Kan. (KSNW) — USD 220 Ashland canceled school on Thursday, Dec. 8, due to a high number of illnesses among its students and staff.

“From Monday until 9:00am yesterday (Wednesday) morning we had absenteeism due to parent-reported illnesses or students being sent home of over 35% of our students and 12-28% of our staff across the district. There has not been one specific illness reported consistently,” reads a statement from Superintendent Paula Rice.

“Symptoms being reported to us include high fever, cough, sore throat, nausea and vomiting, weakness, and headache,” the district’s Facebook post says. “We implemented additional sanitization measures earlier this week and will continue to do so. We appreciate your assistance with helping to promote healthy hygiene habits such as frequent hand washing, sneezing and coughing into your elbow, and drinking lots of water. Thank you for your help and understanding. Get some rest and feel better Bluejay Nation!”

The district is also canceling all school-sponsored activities and practices, and all buildings will be closed.

The junior high basketball game scheduled for Thursday will be rescheduled. A new date has not yet been set.

The FFA Four Seasons delivery has also been postponed until Thursday, Dec. 15.

“We are a four-day school week operating Monday – Thursday. We are allowing tomorrow’s (Friday’s) extracurricular activities to proceed as previously scheduled,” states Rice. “Classes will resume on a normal schedule on Monday.”