MANSFIELD, Ohio — A high number of absences has prompted the Mansfield City School District to give students the day off on Monday so staff can clean and disinfect buses and buildings.
According to district officials, there has been a high volume of absenteeism lately due to the cold and flu season.
“Our maintenance and custodial staffs will use the weekend and Monday to thoroughly clean and disinfect our schools and buses,” Superintendent Stan Jefferson said.
The district will deploy a hospital-grade disinfectant spray that is made by Earthsafe Chemical Alternatives, school officials said.
"This disinfectant is safe to use in all areas, even on food surfaces, without rinsing. There will be no harmful residue when students return on Tuesday." Jefferson said.
The district said that the Y Kids Club will meet at Malabar Intermediate School on Monday since that facility will have already been cleaned.
School officials ask that any student who has cold or flu symptoms stay at home until they are no longer ill.
For more information from the Centers for Disease Control on the cold and flu season, click here.