MCLEAN CO., KY (WFIE) - McLean County schools were called off on Friday because so many are sick.
The public schools Facebook page made the announcement Thursday around 3 p.m.
The Centers for Disease Control released the latest numbers Friday morning, and it was another week of widespread flu activity in thirty states.
14 News is learning students started calling in sick earlier this week. Administrators began monitoring attendance levels. Those numbers even dipped below 90% at one point.
“We got a few phone calls from health care providers here in county that actually have students in the school system, just to notify us that they have been diagnosing cases of flu. One had seen 10 students that day; 7 were diagnosed with flu,” Ashley Troutman, Assistant Superintendent of Student Services explained.
Custodians spent the day Friday wiping down surfaces in efforts to stop the spread.
School is also out Monday for Martin Luther King JR day.
Three make up days are built in to their calendar.
A prior snow day will be made up on Friday, February 15. Today will be made up on the following Monday.
Medical experts say it's not too late to get your flu shot.
Young children, the elderly, and pregnant women are most at risk for complications from the flu virus.