Piggott Classes Resume After Break for Illness
Classes resumed at Piggott Schools on Monday following four days off due to widespread illness among the students and staff. School administrators canceled classes for Tuesday and Wednesday of last week after experiencing nearly 25 percent absenteeism. Later, after meeting with area healthcare leaders they chose to extend the closure through the remainder of the week.
“We spoke with the folks at the hospital and the clinic and they advised us to give it more time for everyone to have a chance to see the doctor,” superintendent Barry DeHart explained.
He noted that during the four days the students were out of the buildings the custodial staff had the chance to deep clean all of the facilities.
The four missed days won't be held against the district, as they utilized AMI days which are planned each year to take into account snow days. As a result, students will still be getting off this Friday and on Monday, Feb. 18, which is being observed as President's Day. Spring break, set for March won't be affected unless bad weather forces the cancellation of classes in the meantime.
Piggott was joined by the Twin Rivers District, in the Qulin and Fisk area, in closing due to illness. The Portageville District in Missouri was also closed due to high absentees.