Various teachers and students have been affected and succumbed to sickness, and we continue to still have school, even with the lack of teachers and students. To help close the school, we need to make it public and show Knox County Schools that we need our rest to overcome the flu, and other sicknesses spreading by signing this petition. Rally together, students and staff! We must recover from our sicknesses and not be forced to go to school even if there's only a select few available to attend school! The school must close to help everyone recover and come back bright-eyed and bushy-tailed on Monday. If Knox Schools wants to ensure "excellence for every child," they must also ensure our safety and ability to learn. If we're too sick to learn, how can we be excellent, and if the sick students come back still with the virus, who is to say everyone else won't get sick? We need the school to close for everyone's safety and well being.