- Associated Press - Friday, April 5, 2019

OCEAN TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) - A stomach bug outbreak has spurred a central New Jersey school district to cancel classes for the day.

All five schools in Ocean Township were closed Friday after the illness had kept scores of students home in recent days. The bug has mostly impacted the Monmouth County district’s middle school, but officials decided to close all schools “out of an abundance of caution.”

District officials plan to conduct a thorough cleaning of all facilities. They plan to reopen all schools on Monday, but say a final decision will be made over the weekend.

Schools Superintendent James Stefankiewicz says parents should keep their children home if they show symptoms of being sick. They also should be vigilant about good hygiene, including washing hands.

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