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FCS closing Friday due to illness; LSSD, county schools not as affected

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Friendship Christian School administration announced that due to an increase in student illness school would be closed on Friday.

School President Jon Shoulders said in a statement released Thursday that they have been monitoring student and teacher absenteeism and anticipate that number to increase.

"For this reason, we feel it in the best interest of all to close school this Friday and give our students and teachers an extended weekend to recover or stay well," Shoulders said. "We plan to re-open Monday, Feb. 2."

Shoulders encouraged students to stay home, rest and get well. Extended care will be open on Friday for those who need it. Students were told to bring a lunch.

Fortunately the illness increase at FCS seems to have been avoided in the Wilson County Schools and Lebanon Special School District.

WCS Attendance Director Stan Moss said attendance has been at 95.16 percent, so they are not experiencing what FCS is and have no intention of closing.

LSSD Nursing Supervisor Sheila Neal said each school has a nurse and they are taking special precautions to avoid the spread of illness.

"Before Christmas we were seeing some (high) numbers (of absentees), but our nurses are watching that closely," she said. "We had a few cases of the flu and strep throat, but not many."

Neal said nurses are proactive when they see sick students and call parents or send them home when necessary.

"We tell our teachers and students to wash their hands before they eat," she said. "A lot of it is just cleaning and raising awareness and seeing the nurses when they feel sickly."

Staff Writer Sabrina Garrett may be contacted at sgarrett@wilsonpost.com.

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