Sickness closes Tyler County schools
A decision made by the West Virginia State Department of Education, the Bureau of Public Health, the Tyler/Wetzel Health Department, and Robin Daquilante, Tyler County Superintendent of Schools closed all schools in Tyler County on Dec. 19 because of the severe flu and flu like symptoms plaguing a large majority of the county’s teachers and many students.
All Tyler County schools will remain closed until Jan. 5. All extra-curricular activities will be halted until Dec. 29.
“We made the decision to close school and to cancel all activities, including practices,” said a statement issued last week by Daquilante.
“I have granted permission for activities to resume on Dec. 29. . . and will hopefully allow time to clear all the illness out. We extend our get well wishes to all of those who have been affected by the various illnesses and send a Merry Christmas and a healthier and Happy New Year to our families and community.”
“It’s the flu,” said a spokesman from the Tyler/Wetzel Health Department. “Fever, cough, aches, pains, it’s the flu and it’s the time of the year for it. Several teachers and many students have been out with it for a couple of weeks now, and they just need time to get over it before returning to school.”
“The number of teachers out really is what pushed us to this decision,” Superintendent Daquilante said. “But the number of student absences has been steadily climbing.”
“Boreman had 150 absent, the high school had about 100, and Sistersville Elementary had about 35 or 40, with that number growing daily as well. It seemed to hit the Middlebourne end of the county the hardest and we felt this was the best decision for all concerned.”
Because the schools’ Christmas vacation was to begin Tuesday afternoon anyway, the extra time off equals out to approximately two and-a-half extra days off, which will need to be made up by the students and faculty, just like snow days.
“Of course we will need to make these days up, but we will operate the same way as we would for a snow day on our school calendar,” the superintendent said.
“We also have OS days we can use if need be.”
School is expected to resume on Jan. 5 with extra-curricular activities resuming on Dec. 29.