Some Kentucky schools closing Friday because of flu-like illnesses

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Some Kentucky schools are closing Friday as a high number of students and faculty are calling in sick.

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Powell County Schools, Washington County Schools, Menifee County Schools, Montgomery County Schools, and Lexington Christian Academy have already announced they will close Friday to allow people to recover.

Lexington Christian Academy has received many reports of people suffering cold and flu-like illnesses, which prompted the Friday closure at both of its campuses. The campuses will undergo a deep-cleaning procedure before students return Tuesday,

Other LCA activities will still go on as scheduled, including its Faith, Service, Excellence event with Tim Tebow as a featured speaker.

Powell County Schools have announced all its after-school activities from Thursday afternoon until Tuesday morning are canceled.

Montgomery County Schools held an NTI "TRIBE" day Friday. Superintendent Matt Thompson said the decision to cancel classes was based on the district's attendance percentage, which he said is in the 80s and has decreased as the week has gone on.

Officials with the Montgomery County Health Department said they saw a large spike in flu activity last week, with around 140 rapid flu tests that came back positive.

Officials urge people to get a flu shot if they haven't already.

"The flu is airborne so a lot of times if someone has the flu and they are talking, sneezing, coughing, someone else can breathe in those droplets and get sick," said health department nurse supervisor Kelly Allen.

Madison County Schools have already decided to cancel classes on Tuesday. Officials there said the NTI day will give workers more time to disinfect buildings and let students and staff recover from illness.

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