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Litchfield schools close following flu outbreak

Officials said once the flu hits a school it spreads like wildfire among students. (WICS)

The Litchfield Community Unit School District (CUSD) has closed school for the week following a flu outbreak.

There are currently 337 students out sick, which is 23 percent of the student body.

School officials said students started calling in sick Monday and the absences continued increasing throughout the week.

On Wednesday night, the district decided to close the school until Monday in order to sanitize all six of the district’s campuses.

“It was time to close our doors and give our kids time to recoup to stop the spread,” said Superintendent Debbie Poffinbarger, with Litchfield CUSD.

The Montgomery County Health Department said influenza is something that affects schools every year.

Officials said once the flu hits a school it spreads like wildfire among students.

They are urging parents to remind their kids to cover their mouth when they cough and constantly wash their hands.

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