School system combats the spread of germs
While the Gilmer County Charter School System has seen a dip in its daily attendance rate as students stay home to battle winter colds, it has not had to take drastic measures like nearby school districts.
“It has come to our attention that due to high rates of illness and absenteeism, some school systems in our general area have closed,” noted a press release from Superintendent Dr. Shanna Wilkes at the end of last week.
She shared that Gilmer’s attendance rate for Thursday, Feb. 9, was 93.38 percent districtwide and said the reports for Friday were similar.
“These rates are very close to average for our district on a Friday during the winter months,” Wilkes noted.
The superintendent then described the school system’s efforts to combat the spread of illnesses.
“Our cleaning crews will conduct a deep cleaning (Friday night), and transportation is spraying buses with antibacterial/antiviral spray,” she said in the release. “Teachers are wiping down surfaces in classrooms and reminding students to wash and sanitize hands and help prevent the spread of illness.
“We would like to remind parents that if a child is running a fever, please keep them home to prevent the spread of illness,” Wilkes said.