83 percent absentee rate reported at Logan elementary school dealing with scabies

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By Amber Sipe, WSAZ

LOGAN COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- UPDATE 4/3/19 @ 4:25 p.m.
A school that has been dealing with a scabies issue had a slightly more than 83 percent absentee rate on Wednesday, according to the superintendent's office at Holden Central Elementary School.

Only 29 of 174 children made it to school on Wednesday.

The school was closed Tuesday because of strong fumes left over from cleaning supplies. Parents are asking to close the school for another day to wipe everything down. They say there is still a residue on desks and lockers. They also say they want more communication with school officials, and the superintendent says she's willing to meet with them.

We first reported about the issue last week when Logan County Superintendent Patricia Lucas says school and health officials were looking into reports of "a few" cases of scabies at Holden Central Elementary. One of the cases involved a teacher, according to the superintendent.

The news prompted a West Virginia Education Association official to recommend calling off school as the district dealt with the issue.

Scabies are mites that burrow under the skin and cause extreme itching. The Center for Disease Control said they can spread rapidly under crowded conditions and through skin-to-skin contact.

School officials say it's vital that parents with affected children follow the proper steps at home to get rid of the scabies.

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