List of school districts closing due to illness continues to grow

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HAZARD, Ky. (WYMT/WKYT) - More than one dozen schools across the region are closed due to several illnesses making the rounds.

Here is the list as of Friday morning:
Christ Central School-Pike County
Clay County
Harlan County
Harlan Independent
Jackson County
Lawrence County
Leslie County
Letcher County
Pike County
Owsley County
Red Bird Christian School
Wolfe County
Claiborne County

Most schools will be out until Tuesday, because Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a holiday. Check with your local school system to make sure they will not be closed longer.

Officials in Lawrence County say one of their schools had less than 60 percent attendance by the end of the day Tuesday.

Leslie County Schools sent out a tweet about their closing.

Our Sister station WKYT talked to school officials at Wolfe County about what they are doing about the widespread sickness.

"We are disinfecting our buildings. We are using Clorox and something that will kill all the viruses that are going around," said Superintendent Kenny Bell.

On Tuesday, more than 100 students and teachers at Wolfe County called in sick, reporting symptoms of the flu, strep throat and the RSV virus. Custodians are cleaning high-germ surfaces throughout the school, hoping to get the school ready before everyone returns next Tuesday.

"We ask our public that if they are going anywhere, that parents and community members be really cognizant of the fact that, if their child is sick, don't send them to any activities," Bell said.

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