- Associated Press - Saturday, December 20, 2014

MIDDLEBOURNE, W.Va. (AP) - A flu outbreak in Tyler County has contributed to an early start to the Christmas holiday break for students.

Officials closed all schools in the county on Friday. West Virginia Department of Education spokeswoman Liza Cordeiro says the county also called off classes planned for Monday and a half day on Tuesday.

County schools superintendent Robin Daquilante says more than 25 percent of the county’s 1,245 students weren’t in school in the past week due to the flu, strep throat or other ailments.

She told the Parkersburg News & Sentinel (https://bit.ly/1Aqd5VP) that not enough substitute teachers were available Thursday to cover for sick teachers, forcing several classes to be combined. Some teachers also had come to work sick.

County sports and other extracurricular activities were suspended until Dec. 29.

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Information from: News and Sentinel (Parkersburg, W.Va.), https://www.newsandsentinel.com


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