Classes canceled at Marshall Early Childhood due to illness

Wednesday, January 31, 2018
The Marshall Early Childhood Center sits empty on Wednesday, Jan. 31, after the Marshall Public School district announced on Tuesday, Jan. 30, classes would be canceled for the remainder of the week due to illness.
Whitney Barnes/Democrat-News

The flu is everywhere right now. If you are not sick, there’s a good chance some of your friends, family members or colleagues are. As the flu continues to wreak havoc on residents of Saline County, an area school is taking precautions.

According to Superintendent Carol Maher, Marshall Early Childhood Center has been monitoring attendance over the past two weeks, after a high percentage of absences were reported due to illness.

In a statement on Tuesday, Jan. 30, the school district announced that Marshall Early Childhood Center classes would be canceled for the remainder of the week, after attendance dropped below 75 percent.

“The district and administration is working to keep students and staff healthy,” Maher reported.

This year's flu season is already the most widespread on record since health officials began keeping track 13 years ago, according to the Washington Post. Strains like Influenza A and B are responsible for numerous hospitalizations and deaths throughout the United States.

Marshall Early Childhood Center will be back in session on Monday, Feb. 5.

All other Marshall Public Schools, programs and activities will remain in session.

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  • Your headline makes it sound like the entire district has cancelled classes when it's only one small school. Fake news.

    -- Posted by momaster on Wed, Jan 31, 2018, at 7:45 PM
  • Headline specifically says "classes cancelled at Marshall Early Childhood". It said the specific school right in headline

    -- Posted by oldschool17 on Thu, Feb 1, 2018, at 11:01 AM
    Response by Sarah Reed, General Manager, Marshall Democrat-News:
    Hi oldschool17,

    It didn't initially but our reporter decided to change it shortly after posting. I don't feel it needed to be changed from the original. It may have been less specific, but certainly wasn't fake news as the other comment says. We are always happy to listen to recommendations.

  • Old school, it said district cancels classes. I know how to read. Sarah, there is a difference between a district and a school.

    -- Posted by momaster on Thu, Feb 1, 2018, at 5:45 PM
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