Jackson Co. School District closed Friday due to flu outbreak

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JACKSON COUNTY, Ark . – Administrators with the Jackson County School District say their schools will be closed Friday, Jan. 24, due to a high amount of student and staff absences because of the flu.

In a Facebook post, district officials say, “The school will be cleaned on Friday to try to help with the outbreak of the flu.”

Tuckerman Elementary is seeing some of the highest absences. The principal says half of their 200 students have called in sick.

“We don’t let out school unless there is real need, and there is a real need right now,” said Principal Pharis Smith.”We need to get in here and try to contain some of it.”

While schools are closed Friday the district says they’re hired a cleaning service to disinfect every building.

Students will have to complete AMI Day 1.

Despite the outbreak, the Arkansas Department of Health says overall the state has seen a typical flu season so far.

The Department says they expect to continue to see an increase in the number of people getting sick through the beginning of February since that’s when flu cases usually peak.

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