Kingsport schools to be closed Monday and Tuesday due to sickness

Rick Wagner • Feb 22, 2019 at 6:33 PM

KINGSPORT — Kingsport City Schools will be closed Monday and Tuesday of next week because of illnesses including the flu, Assistant Superintendent Andy True said Friday evening.

“There’s no magic number (or percentage of student absences due to illness that prompted the closure). It’s a combination of factors,” True said of the decision to call off school. He said student absences, adult absences and the ability to get substitute teachers who aren’t sick all drove the decision to give sick folks a “four-day weekend to recover.”

He said the “wide variety of illnesses” included the flu.

Rogersville City School was closed Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of this week because of illness.

Since KCS has 13 banked days accumulated thanks to longer-than-required school days, and it has already used its four allotted weather days plus has two professional development days in the calendar, True said that seven accumulated days remain available.

However, he said the Board of Education would have to vote to allow the use of two more banked days for illness and get permission from the Tennessee Department of Education.

Hawkins County had used all of its banked inclement weather days as of Friday, most because of recent flooding but also because of a heavy snow in December.

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