The halls of Nazareth Elementary are quiet today, with only the sounds of dedicated teachers, cleaning up.
“We’re cleaning pencils and crayons and tables and desks and railings and everything that’s common so hopefully we can come back next week and be a little healthier, said Principal Margaret Mancuso.
After nearly 40 students became sick this week, which is a significant number for Nazareth, along with some faculty members, sister Mancuso decided to give students the long weekend so they could disinfect everything students touch.
“We had significant illnesses throughout the last couple of weeks and we decided it wasn’t getting better. We didn’t reach an epidemic level yet but we wanted to be proactive,” said Mancuso.
Mancuso doesn’t believe it’s all flu related, some students had a bad cough, others, a stomach bug, but with multiple students missing from each class, Mancuso said this was the best option.
“There were some classes at the beginning of the week there were six or seven out at a time, that is difficult,” said Mancuso.
Shutting down for the day also helped make sure that those who were out sick don’t continue to fall behind in class. Despite what you might think, some students she said, were actually disappointed to have the Friday off.
“Some of the children did not like it. They wanted to be here. Some were complaining as they walked out the door, but it means they want to be here,” said Mancuso.