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Anderson K-12 school to close 2 more days over flu concerns

Anderson Preparatory Academy. (Provided Photo/Google, image captured August 2013)

ANDERSON, Ind. (WISH) — Anderson Preparatory Academy, a K-12 school with 772 students, will extend its e-learning days through Friday due to an outbreak of flu.

The school said Monday it was closing Tuesday and Wednesday and implementing its “virus outbreak protocol” because of the rate of absences. Several cases of influenza A, influenza B and strep throat have been reported, the school said in a Facebook post.

On Wednesday afternoon, the school announced it will now be closed through Friday.

Jill Barker, superintendent and chief executive officer, said in a Facebook post, “Based on the results of the Illness Assessment survey, we will need to be closed again on Thursday, 3/12/20, and Friday, 3/13/20. This decision is for the well-being and safety of our students and staff. I apologize greatly for the inconvenience that this may cause. Students will be on eLearning days. We will continue to deep clean the buildings and intend to re-open on Monday, 3/16/20. Thank you for your patience and support during this unprecedented time.”

On its Facebook page, the school also encouraged students to use the e-learning days to wash and sanitize their backpacks and coats: