Times-Tribune Staff Report

Word came Tuesday afternoon that Knox County schools will be closed the rest of the week in the wake of illnesses that have plagued the area.

David Cole, the system’s public relations director, reported Tuesday afternoon that the school’s attendance on Oct. 6 was at 86.8 percent. By Oct. 7 it had dropped to 82 percent.

Schools were dismissed for Thursday and Friday for the Daniel Boone Festival, and when students returned Monday, attendance started at 85 percent and dropped to 84 percent by the end of the day.

On Tuesday, the morning attendance was 85 percent and dropped to 83 percent by the end of the day.

Cole said the district hopes that by this Monday, attendance will improve.

With influenza and other seasonal illnesses rearing their ugly heads, schools in the area are closing or using their annual fall break days to try to isolate ill students from those who aren’t.

Williamsburg and Corbin schools closed in the middle of last week and will be closed this week through their fall breaks. They reopen Oct 19.

Laurel schools thus far have avoided having to close because of the illnesses and are currently closed for fall break. They will also reopen Oct. 19.

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