Some school systems now closing because of rising illnesses
Cleveland, Polk & McMinn schools are closed on Wednesday
CLEVELAND, Tennessee (WDEF) – We just saw a holiday and weather shut down most area schools.
But now a growing rise in Covid cases and other illness is forcing more closings.
Cleveland Schools announced they will be closed on Wednesday because of a high number of staff absences.
McMinn County cites staff illnesses for their closing on Wednesday, including teachers, bus drivers, cafeteria workers plus a shortage of substitutes.
Polk County, Dayton City and Chattanooga Christian also blame rising Covid numbers for their closings on Wednesday.
Dade County schools in Georgia will continue virtual learning through Thursday.
They base it on the rising number of Covid cases and the number of teachers stuck at home with Covid or household quarantines.
Hamilton County Schools are tracking their illnesses.
Today they reported that almost 5% of their staff have active Covid cases, while 1% of students have them.
They say some schools are having to use non-classroom educators to fill in for missing teachers.
It is also worth reminding parents that Covid just adds another wrinkle to the more normal flu issues the schools usually deal with this time of year.
Meanwhile, weather is still the reason for closings in Grundy, Sequatchie, Bledsoe, and Rhea counties.
You can see all the latest closings here on the website.