Knappa High School and Hilda Lahti Elementary School closed Monday because of illnesses among students and teachers and to give custodial staff time to do a deep cleaning.

Knappa High School

The Knappa School District has canceled classes on Monday.

Superintendent Paulette Johnson described the illnesses as the flu or norovirus. She said on Monday that between 50 and 75 students and about 10 staffers were out sick.

“We were unable to fill all of the teacher openings and the health department suggested we deep clean and encourage folks to stay home,” she said in a text message on Sunday. “Some of that occurred today with more planned for tomorrow.

“It started on Friday sending a large number of students home. We asked parents on Facebook to post if their children got ill over the weekend. The numbers increased yesterday and more today. So after informing the board of the situation the decision was made to close for tomorrow with classes resuming on Tuesday.”

Parents were advised that students should be symptom-free of illness for 48 hours before they return to school.

The school district will run normal bus routes but is dealing with a couple of drivers out, which could affect transportation home from athletic practices, Johnson said.

Edward Stratton is a reporter for The Astorian. Contact him at 971-704-1719 or estratton@dailyastorian.com.

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