FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) – A local Catholic grade school sent students home for the second time in as many weekdays — and will stay closed on Tuesday — due to concerns over the spread of illness.
Queen of Angels School announced the closure on its social media pages around lunchtime, noting that a 42-percent illness rate among students was the reason.
That’s higher than on Friday, when classes were called off in the morning and when nearly one-third of students were absent.
Administrators have been following recommendations provided by the county health department and cleaning the campus to minimize the spread of any illness.
State guidelines suggest that schools close when at least 20 percent of all students are absent.
On Friday, a Diocese spokesperson cited concerns related to the flu, but it was not clear whether that was a reference to influenza, the stomach flu or a combination of both.
Queen of Angels serves students from pre-Kindergarten through the eighth grade.