Local school attendance numbers slightly low but still OK

Local school attendance numbers are slightly low, but still OK, according to Russell County Schools Superintendent Michael Ford.

District attendance on Monday was at 91.3 percent. Only one school, Russell County Middle School, was below the 90 percent attendance mark at 89.1 percent.

Jamestown Elementary was at 90.2 percent, Russell Springs Elementary was at 92.5 percent, Salem Elementary was at 94.86 percent, and Russell County High School was at 91.2 percent.

Ford said the school system takes a heavy look if the district attendance is below 90 percent for multiple days.

As of now, Ford said the district has had several staff out too, but the district currently has enough staff and substitutes to cover absences.

In neighboring Adair County, director of pupil personnel Robbie Harmon said district attendance on Monday was 88 percent, up slightly from last week’s average, which was still in the upper 80s.

Like, Russell County Schools, Harmon said Adair County is continuing to monitor the attendance situation but that, so far, the school district has had enough staff and available substitutes to keep class in session.

At least 25 school districts in Kentucky have closed or used NTI days this month due to illness, mostly attributed to flu and RSV cases.

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