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Burlington High School closes until Tuesday due to spike in illnesses following holiday weekend

Published: Sep. 8, 2021 at 6:35 PM CDT
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BURLINGTON, Kan. (WIBW) - Classes have been canceled at Burlington High School until Tuesday, Sept. 14, as it sees a spike in illness-related absences following the Labor Day holiday weekend.

Burlington USD 244 Superintendent Craig Marshall says in a Facebook post that Burlington High School the absence rate went from 1.8% on Friday, Sept. 3, to more than 11% on Wednesday, Sept. 8.

In an email to 13 NEWS, Marshall said some of it is due to COVID, but they have a large number of other illnesses, too. He said the cases involve both students and staff.

“We went from three illnesses on Friday to 30 illnesses (Wednesday) after the Labor Day Weekend at BHS for students. It was the recommendation of our Coffey County Chief Health Officer, Dr. Jeff Sloyer, and his colleagues that we should close BHS for Thursday and Friday, have the weekend two days, as well as our Monday In-Service day to help students recover,” he wrote.

Marshall said Monday had already been scheduled as an Inservice Day district-wide.

According to the superintendent, Burlington High School all sports and school-related activities through Monday have been canceled. Teams will be allowed to practice on Monday, and coaches will be in touch with student-athletes.

Marshall confirmed that Burlington Middle School and Burlington Elementary School will continue with in-person learning since their illness rates are stable.

If parents or students have questions, they have been encouraged to contact the District Office or Burlington High School Office.

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