Goessel Schools closed Thursday and Friday due to widespread illness
The Goessel school district (USD 411) closes for the rest of the week and cancels activities through the weekend "due to high numbers of ill students."
Superintendent John Fast tells Eyewitness News the district is dealing with Influenza A, B and what's commonly known as the "stomach flu." He says 61 out of 291 students are sick.
Fast says the district called in the Marion County Health Department for an on-site consultation. After that, the district felt it was best to keep kids home.
"In my 24 years here, I've never seen absent rates this high," said Fast.
He said the district will use the time off to clean the schools before returning to classes on Tuesday. The schools will be closed on Monday for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
Fast says canceled activities will be rescheduled.
Fast says schools will also be cleaned and disinfected over the weekend.