All Ballard County Schools closed Thursday, Friday due to flu

BALLARD COUNTY, Ky. (KBSI) – All Ballard County schools will be closed Thursday and Friday due to the high rate of influenza cases among students and staff.

“Our district student attendance rate has dropped below 70 percent, and we are using all of the substitute staff we have on our rolls to try and keep classrooms, facilities, and buses operational,” said Dr. Casey Allen, Ballard superintendent in a statement on the school’s website. “We can’t really use our non-traditional instruction (NTI) days, either. We have teachers too sick to teach, and students too sick to learn. NTI days require a certain level of participation to count, and we don’t believe we could meet that threshold.”

That only becomes an issue if schools close for future illness or bad weather, Dr. Allen said.

“For the rest of this school year, every day will have to be an NTI day, or it will have to be made up at the end of the year,” he said.

Cafeteria staff will prepare food both days for pick-up at the back doors of the Ballard Memorial High School/Ballard County Middle School and the Ballard County Elementary School cafeterias. Pick-up times the schools will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday.

For more information, please contact the cafeteria manager at your child’s school – Lori Williams at BCES (270-665-8400, ext. 2208), lori.williams@ballard.kyschools.us or Leeann Harvey at BCMS/BMHS (270-665-8400, ext. 2536), email leeann.harvey@ballard.kyschools.us.

All school-affiliated daycares will be closed Thursday and Friday. Ballard County Middle School athletic events are canceled on Thursday.

21st Century after school programs will be in session at Ballard County Elementary School and and Ballard County Middle School on Wednesday; both programs will be closed on Thursday.

Little League athletic events at Ballard County Elementary School be held on schedule on Saturday.

During the closed days, custodial staff will do extra deep cleaning and sanitizing facilities.

School officials plan to be back in session as usual on Monday.

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