Students in two large East Tennessee school systems will have a long weekend as illness continues to circulate.
Knox County Schools announced Friday they would be closed Monday through Wednesday of next week due to an increasing number of student, teacher and substitutes affected by illness. All in-service activities are also canceled, but central office will remain open.
Due to an increasing number of students, staff, and substitutes who are affected by illness, Knox County Schools will be closed through Wednesday, including all in-service activities. Classes will resume on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019. Central office will be open.— Knox County Schools (@KnoxSchools) February 15, 2019
Knox County Schools spokesperson Carly Harrington says student attendance for Friday was 90.47 percent, a drop from 93 percent the day before. There were 706 requests for substitutes, only 62 percent of which were able to be filled.
Sevier County Schools will also be closed Monday through Wednesday “due to a significant increase in the number of students absent.” Teacher in-service scheduled for Monday will be held on Wednesday instead.
Knox County Schools last closed for illness on February 7-8. Staff spent those days scrubbing down classrooms.