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BOE Discusses Sickness

By Staff | Jan 18, 2017

At the Tuesday, Jan. 18 meeting of the Wetzel County Board of Education, the board briefly discussed the illnesses circulating the school system, specifically New Martinsville School.

Board Member Joshua Balcerek inquired as to how the school system was fairing , with “all the illness.”

Assistant Superintendent Shane Highley said the illness seemed to be isolated to New Martinsville School. He noted that absenteeism in the other schools seemed to be at normal levels.

Highley was asked what the school system was doing to help combat the illness. Highley noted that NMS’ administrators were told they could bring in “a couple of additional custodians” to disinfect. Furthermore, “Weve been in contact with the health department and take on their lead.” Highley said Wetzel County Schools is urging students to stay at home if they have a fever, and not to return to school until the fever is gone for 24 hours. Furthermore, students are also urged to wash their hands to prevent the spread of germs.

Board Member Amy Cooley recommended that a call to parents, via the School Messenger system, might be beneficial, to alert parents to the spread of illness and reminding them not to send their kids back to school until they are fever free and well again.