Cullman County Schools closed Thursday and Friday due to flu


CULLMAN – The Cullman County School Board has canceled classes for Thursday, Feb. 8 and Friday, Feb. 9 due to the flu. Below is the statement released by the school system.

"Today we have 1,000 students absent. We are struggling to find subs for faculty and staff, including bus drivers. (Superintendent Shane) Barnette (did) an all-call to parents at around 10 a.m. letting them know that we will be closed for the remainder of the week. The teachers are cleaning and mopping their rooms thoroughly before they leave today. Teachers will be dismissed Thursday and Friday as well. Today’s PD should still take place and teachers should not leave school today before 3:15. Hopefully this will allow us to turn the curve on this epidemic. Twelve-month employees should work their regular schedule on Thursday and Friday. Extracurricular activities may still take place, but good judgment needs to be used when requiring students to practice or participant in other activities. Only sports that are having games this week should even try to practice; other out of season sports don’t need to practice."

Dr. Susan Patterson, superintendent of Cullman City Schools, released the following statement:

"We are monitoring our attendance rates daily as the flu epidemic continues.  Currently our daily absences are within range of our normal daily rate.  We strongly encourage parents that if their child has a fever, to make certain they are fever free without medication for at least 24 hours before returning to school.  Our administrative staff are working with each student case to help with absences.  As of now we will continue school as scheduled, but if the daily absence rate increases we will re-evaluate."

Letter from Shane Barnette to parents

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