Thorndale ISD cancels classes due to flu
Due to a very large number of student illnesses Thorndale ISD will be canceling classes for the remainder of this week.
TISD officials made this decision on Tuesday after several students were out sick.
On Friday the district had 40 students out, 55 on Monday, 58 this Tuesday morning and by 3:30 p.m. they had 80 students out with flu or flu like symptoms. This is nearly 15 percent of TISD enrollment. “After talking to the health department and region 13 we assessed the situation and it is almost certain that this number will continue to grow over the next few days,” TISD Superintendent Adam Ivy said. “In fact, quite a few students and staff reported early signs of these symptoms late this afternoon. As a result our leadership team, including our school nurse, decided to cancel school for the remainder of the week to allow students and staff to recover and give the illness a chance to run its course. This was not an easy decision but our team came together and decided that it was best for all stakeholders.”
Ivy said the district has been cleaning and sanitizing on a regular basis but our custodial team will be able to go through every room and deep clean to minimize further spread of the illness that is going around.
“We will adjust our schedule to have school on Feb. 14, which was previously a teacher workday,” he said. “We have plenty of minutes available to adjust for the other two days but we may further adjust the calendar if needed. If your child still has fever on Sunday please do not send them to school. Additionally, since the majority of ill students are at the elementary we will still be playing our district basketball games as scheduled. Coaches will communicate with students about schedules accordingly.”