Fayette Co. Schools closed Monday due to illness

Fayette Co. Schools closed Monday due to illness
Published: Nov. 6, 2022 at 4:51 PM EST
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Fayette County Public Schools will be closed Monday, November 7 due to widespread illness in the district.

A district spokesperson says they routinely monitor student and staff absences. They say the number absences continued to climb over the past week.

FCPS was already scheduled to be closed Tuesday, November 8 for Election Day.

Both Monday and Tuesday will not be NTI days.

Over the break, FCPS custodial staff will deep clean campuses, classrooms and facilities.

“After the extended closures during COVID-19, our community has clearly communicated the importance of keeping schools open to in-person learning as much as possible, and our superintendent, teachers, and staff agree. However, anticipated staff absences on Monday would make it difficult to ensure that bus routes and classes are covered and that students are sufficiently supported,” said FCPS Spokeswoman Lisa Deffendall.

A number of other school districts have made the decision recently to cancel classes due to illness.

Lesa Dunn has a daughter at Dunbar High School, and she said closing school is the responsible thing to do.

“My first reaction was good because I heard a lot of people were getting sick. I would rather my daughter be out of school, than being out of school because she’s sick,” Dunn said.

Teachers in the district said they’ve seen the attendance numbers decline.

Tiara Shelby said her class had zero absences for a few months, but now she sees about five to seven absences a day.

“We’re encouraging kids, if you have a cough or if you’re not feeling well, please stay home. We will help you get caught up on your work, just try not to get anyone else sick,” Shelby said.

Doctors in the area say they’ve seen an increase in all different types of illnesses like the Influenza, COVID-19, and RSV.

Dr. Lee Dossett is the Chief Medical Officer at Baptist Health, and he has a daughter in the school district.

Dr. Dossett said closing the schools could be beneficial.

“Anytime you prevent the gathering of people that’s going to present a barrier to the spread of viruses. I’ll have to trust Fayette County folks to say whether there’s so many staff or students off it justifies that decision,” Dr. Dossett said.

Dunn said she wouldn’t be surprised if this happened again.

“Hopefully we just get a little more notice. I’m lucky because my daughter is in high school, but if I needed a sitter, I would probably feel different,” Dunn said.