Ingram Elementary School will reopen Thursday, according to school district staff.
Parents were notified Monday that the school would be closed Tuesday and deep-cleaned due to illnesses. Officials made the decision this afternoon to reopen Thursday to allow for further deep cleaning on Wednesday.
The deep cleaning includes applying Clorox disinfecting bleach to countertops, door handles, tables, and other surfaces, as well as changing air filters throughout the school, said Ingram Elementary School Principal Donna Jenschke.
At the school on Monday, there were "excessive absences," some confirmed cases of flu and strep, and a number of children were sent home due to fever symptoms, Jenschke said. Jenschke indicated she didn't have any precise numbers of students ill or absent, but said there was no truth to the rumor that 180 students came down with the flu.
"That number is higher than anything I've heard," Jenschke said.
Students and staff confirmed to have fever symptoms are prohibited by policy from returning to campus until they are fever-free for 24 hours, she said.
"That's our biggest concern is the safety and health of our students, so if that means we have to close the doors to give them a deep clean and give our children time to get healthy again, we're going to do that," Jenschke said.