Chiloquin, Ore. – Classes resumed today at Chiloquin Elementary School, after an unknown virus forced a temporary shutdown of the school for several days last week.
Chiloquin Elementary has been closed down since the day before Valentine’s Day.
“We had some sort of virus coming through the school.” Explains Jeff Bullock, Secondary Curriculum Director for the Klamath County School District. “And it impacted pretty significantly.”
56 of the 190 students were out sick last Tuesday, and 8 of the 14 staff members.
Bullock is acting administrator on duty while principals for Chiloquin Elementary, and Chiloquin High School are attending a conference. “The district in consultation with public health, decided this might be an opportunity to give everybody a chance to recuperate.”
Only 7 students were out when school reopened Tuesday.
“What I’m hearing from the office today is that attendance is higher.” Bullock noted. “The staff is here, we have no one out sick in the adult side of things.”
Bullock adds the Presidents Day weekend also allowed for some disinfecting at the school. “The district came in and did some deep cleaning with the extra time off.”
Teachers are helping kids understand the importance of hand washing.
“Talking about how do we stay clean, how do we keep our desk clean, doorknobs – those types of things.” Bullock says, noting the outbreak is also providing an educational opportunity.
The illness caused high fevers and vomiting, and lasted from 5 to 7 days.
It’s still unclear exactly what virus was responsible.
KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970’s. He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.Lyle’s job history is quite colorful.
He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand. A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90’s as a news writer and commercial producer. In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience.
“The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain. Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story”.
When he’s not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.