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Bettsville School closes Friday after 20% call in sick

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Staff reported to school Friday to help disinfect classrooms and other areas of the school. Staff reported to school Friday to help disinfect classrooms and other areas of the school.
BETTSVILLE, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Bettsville School closed Friday after a large number of student absences were called in from various illnesses.

"At this point, over 25 percent of the elementary and 20 percent of the entire school are absent due to strep, croup, bronchitis, pneumonia and various strains of the flu," Superintendent Gregg Pettit said in a statement on the school's website.

Staff reported to school Friday to help disinfect classrooms and other areas of the school. They spent about 12 hours scrubbing and wiping down everything.

"We did everything," said Principal Michelle Dantuono. "We did lockers, we did desks, we did floors, we did keyboards and the computers.

Dantuono said they called the day off to allow sick children a 3-day weekend to recover, so they could be at their best Monday.

"Kids are walking around and they're coughing, and it just seemed to keep escalating," she said. "I hope it tells the parents that we care about our kids and want them to be healthy, and that as long as they're healthy, they're going to get the best education they can. If they're here and they're sick, they're not going to learn what they need to learn."

Bettsville Schools will resume at their regular time Monday. Anyone with questions can call the school's office at 419-986-5166.

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