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Widespread Illness & Staff Absences Prompt FCPS to Close Schools

Because of widespread illness among students and staff, all Fayette County Public Schools will be closed on Monday, Nov. 7. Schools were already scheduled to be closed for Election Day on Tuesday, Nov. 8. 

The school-based health clinics normally operate on the same schedule as FCPS, but the Cardinal Valley, Harrison, and Tates Creek Elementary locations will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday for any students and families.

District leaders routinely monitor student and staff absences throughout the year. Over the past week, the number of students and staff out continued to climb, with several pockets of unusually high absences. During this two-day break, FCPS custodial staff will conduct a deep cleaning of all campuses, classrooms, and facilities.

Both Monday and Tuesday are days off; they are not NTI days with students in remote learning.

After the extended closures during the COVID-19 pandemic, our community clearly communicated the importance of keeping schools open for in-person learning as much as possible, and our superintendent, teachers, and staff agree. However, anticipated staff absences on Monday would make it difficult to ensure that bus routes and classes are covered and that students are sufficiently supported.

Monday afternoon and evening student activities are canceled for all schools. Adult activities (like SBDM meetings and PTA meetings) may continue at the principal’s discretion. The district's "Grow Your Own" kickoff event hosted by Human Resources will be rescheduled.

Posted Nov. 6, 2022