Ashe County Schools was certainly impacted by flu, strep throat and the stomach virus the week of February 4, so much so that school was cancelled for students and staff on Friday, February 8. The three-day weekend, the cancellation of all in-county sports activities and the intense deep cleaning and disinfecting of all facilities has proven to be most effective. Attendance at all schools, particularly the middle school, has dramatically improved this week.
AppHealthCare, a great community partner and resource, provided guidance throughout the week—these professionals are so very knowledgeable and helpful. Teachers and teacher assistants were continuously cleaning in their classrooms. The custodial and maintenance staffs went above and beyond fighting the flu. Ashe County Schools is fortunate to have such dedicated employees. We were also the recipient of community support. Parent volunteers helped to clean classrooms. Middle school parent Chuck Bristle, owner of Jo Lynn Enterprises, donated his professional cleaning equipment and air purification system to eradicate the flu germ from the middle school over the weekend. The Superintendent from Caldwell County Schools, Dr. Donald Phipps, heard about our flu outbreak. He reached out to loan our school system an electrostatic sprayer system that they had just purchased. The sprayer uses chlorinated disinfecting tablets to kill germs on all surfaces. The maintenance department used this equipment at all the other facilities.
The Superintendent and Board of Education is so appreciative of everyone who partnered with us last week. Working together produced positive results for students and families.