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School open after illness forces closure
Dec 19, 2012 3:00 pm
Mt. Juliet Christian Academy is back open this week after it shut down Thursday and Friday because of rampant illness among students and some faculty.
Elementary principal Amanda VanVactor said school officials were alarmed at the number of students out sick with a gamut of illnesses that ranged from strep throat, flu and stomach viruses.
"We got up to 15 percent of the student population out sick," said VanVactor.
There are 486 students enrolled at the private school.
During the two-day closure, school administrators called in a professional company to disinfect the entire school.
"They used a germicide and wiped down handrails, desks, windows, walls and just about everywhere," said VanVactor. "There was lots of extra cleaning. We wanted things to be dormant for at least 24 hours."
VanVactor said administrators just wanted to "get through this week." The last day before Christmas break is Friday, which will be a half day.
Before students dismiss, they will take exams and catch up on several activities cancelled due to the closure.
School officials encouraged the students to practice diligent hand washing to prevent the spread of germs. VanVactor said there are still students out sick, and leaving feeling sick, but not nearly like last week.
Wilson County Schools Safety Director David Burton said while there have been county students out sick leading up to Christmas break, attendance numbers were "holding steady." No county schools have closed due to illness. County students' last day was Tuesday before winter break.
Mt. Juliet News Managing Editor Laurie Everett may be reached at 615-444-3952 ext. 47 or firstname.lastname@example.org.