Several schools close due to illness

Coughs and colds are on the rise in some counties. and schools are finding their own ways to deal with sick students - by canceling classes.

"Our staff banks some days. We add some time to each day to accommodate for situations like this," says Jody Maggard with Perry County Schools.

Perry County shut schools down Thursday and Friday. They say more than 400 students have gone home sick.

"Any time that we see a significant decrease in that A.D.A., or average daily attendance, then of course it's gonna alert us to what's going on because we want to keep that as high as possible."

Elliott and Magoffin County schools are closed Friday. They're all reporting an increase in their students showing flu-like symptoms.

Urgent Treatment Clinics Doctor Larry Burns described for us what those students might be feeling.

"People feel like they've been hit by a truck. Muscle aches. They've got a fever of 103-104 occasionally. They have a deep cough. Maybe a little bit of a runny nose, a little bit of a sore throat," says Dr. Burns, "if the school systems are closing because there's too many students with the flu, what they're trying to do is prevent the other students from getting it so they can reopen in a timely manner."

Perry County and Elliott County schools will re-open Monday. Magoffin County schools will re-open Tuesday morning.


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