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Staff, student illness causes Fleming County schools to shut down

Posted at 4:47 PM, Jan 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-30 17:33:15-05

FLEMING COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18)  — Several counties across the state of Kentucky have called off school for the week due to illness.

One of the many counties affected is Fleming County. Superintendent Brian Creasman says the decision came Wednesday evening. He says right now the school is dealing with illnesses that range from flu, strep, and a stomach virus.

Creasman also tells us the cancellation isn't so much because of student attendance being low but because staff attendance is low.

He says, student attendance is at about 91 percent, which normally stays at around 96 percent, but over 10 percent of their staff have called out sick. When staff attendance gets too low it jeopardizes the safety of the school.

"Our staff really impact the overall operations of the school, which then becomes a security and safety issue when we can't fill subs because of the number of absences," Creasman explained.

Check with LEX 18's closings and delays list for the most up-to-date information.