Director of Schools Kevin Ward has been saying for a week that even though student absenteeism is not high, the system has been having a problem with increased illness among faculty and staff. On Monday, Ward told the Education Committee of the Carter County Commission that 11 teachers were absent from one elementary school on Monday and nine from another school. Ward said the high number of teacher absences has made it difficult to find substitute teachers to continue classroom instruction.
“We understand that while closing school can be difficult for families, we hope that students and staff will use this time to rest, recover, and return to school healthy the following week,” a school press release said. “Our custodial staff will continue their efforts to clean and disinfect common areas to help slow the spread of illness.”
The Carter County School System was the second school system in the county to announce a closure for illness this week. The Elizabethton City Schools will be closed on Tuesday and Wednesday, with plans to return on Thursday. The Carter County system will remain closed for the remainder of the week.