It is flu season and schools can be breeding grounds for spreading the illness. St. Anne's-Belfield in Charlottesville has been hit hard with sickness, hard enough to shut down the Greenway Rise campus on Friday. The school says they have experienced significant absences due to illness this past week.
School officials say on Monday and Tuesday between 40 and 50 students were either out sick or had to leave classes early because they started to feel sick. By Wednesday, that number almost doubled with 80 students and six upper school faculty members out due to the sickness. Thursday that number increased once again.
Mike Waylett, the associate head of the school said, "Our upper school has a population of 350 students and to have 100 students missing is pretty significant, especially with small classes to begin with, so we thought it was probably important to remove the kids from the building."
This is only affecting the Greenway Rise campus, classes were held as normal for all students in pre-school through eighth grade at the schools other campus.
Friday the housekeeping staff will be thoroughly cleaning all the buildings to help stop the spread of germs.
Waylett says, as of now, classes will be back on for Monday.
St. Anne's-Belfield Statement:
Response to Health Issues on the Greenway Rise Campus
Posted 12/06/2012 03:28PM
This week, the School has experienced significant absences due to illness on the Greenway Rise Campus. On Monday and Tuesday, between 40 and 50 students were out sick or left school early due to sickness; on Wednesday that number increased to 80 students and six Upper School faculty members; on Thursday the figure in the Upper School is significantly higher.
As a result, there will be no classes in the Upper School tomorrow, Friday, December 7. All activities this afternoon (Thursday, December 6) for students in grades 9-12 have been cancelled. Please note that classes will be held as normal on Friday, December 7 for all students in Pre-School through Grade 8.
All games and practices for students in grades 9-12 scheduled for Friday, December 7 have been cancelled. Members of the boys' varsity squash and girls' varsity basketball teams will be contacted by their coaches regarding of the status of their away contests scheduled for Saturday, December 8.
Later this evening and tomorrow the School's housekeeping staff will thoroughly clean all of the buildings on the Greenway Rise Campus. Please continue to check the web site for additional updates.