Carter Co. Schools to close Wednesday through Friday due to increased illness

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CARTER COUNTY, Tenn. (WJHL)- News Channel 11 has learned another school system will be temporarily closing its doors due to increased illness among students and staff.

Carter County Schools announced they will close Wednesday, February 5 through Friday, February 7.

In a news release issued Tuesday, the school system said, “A high number of teacher absences has lead {sic} to difficulty in finding substitutes 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. ”

Both Sullivan County and Elizabethton City Schools were also out for part of this week due to increased illness.

Superintendent of Carter County Schools Dr. Kevin Ward said that some classes had to double up at the majority of the district’s schools due to the lack of teachers and substitutes.

At Keenburg Elementary School, attendance was down to 66%, according to Ward.

Ward said that the three days would be used to clean the schools.

In Southwest Virginia, Buchanan County Public Schools were also closed for the remainder of this week for the same reason.

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