Jayhawk district closes schools because of soaring absentee rates

MOUND CITY – Jayhawk USD 346 Superintendent Shawn Thomas announced Wednesday afternoon that classes at both Jayhawk Elementary School and Jayhawk-Linn Junior/Senior HIgh School would be cancelled on Thursday and Friday, Jan. 13 and Jan. 14, because of a 30 percent absentee rate due to COVID-19.

In a post on the school's website, Thomas said that 50 positive cases had been detected in the district. "Both students and staff are falling ill, the announcement said.

All activities scheduled for those days are also postponed.

Because Monday, Jan. 17, is a scheduled holiday, students will return to school on Tuesday, Jan. 18, he said. All activities will resume at that time as well.

On Monday, Thomas reported at a board of education meeting that nine students in the elementary school and 11 students in the junior/senior high school had tested positive. However, 171 students were in COVID-19 protocol meaning they would have to wear masks and be tested to stay in school.

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