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Wilmington school closes doors for a week due to flu


The Calvalry Christian School grounds are quiet, after administrators decided Monday morning to shut down for a week. The flu and flu like symptoms took a toll on attendance

“I got a phone call at about 11 o’clock this morning. Saying that they’re closing down school for the day and the rest of this week,” said parent Richard Perry. “Connor’s got seven kids in his class, and it was just him and one other boy this morning in his class.”

About a fifth of the elementary school’s students were out sick Monday along with several teachers. Calvary Christian student Connor Perry said, “When I went to school, I saw my friend was there and my teacher wasn’t there.”

The school’s administrator said the trend began at the end of last week. Over the weekend, the school board was notified more people were getting sick. That, along with Monday’s low attendance, prompted the decision to suspend classes.

“I think it’s a great thing that they’re erring on the side of caution. One of the reasons we picked the school is because we really trusted the decisions that they made, they mirrored ours quite frequently. I think it’s the best thing,” said Connor’s mom Lisa Perry.

According to the school, there is a handful of confirmed H1N1 cases, but most of those who are ill, have either seasonal flu, or flu symptoms.

School officials said the classrooms will be sanitized before the kids return to class.

Classes at Calvary Christian School are expected to resume as normal Monday.

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videoA Wilmington school is closed for a week to stop the spread of flu. The Calvary Christian School’s administrator said a large percentage of students and teachers are sick. Suspending classes for the week is his solution to stopping the illness in its tracks.

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