Bloomfield School District calls off classes amid flu outbreak

Friday, March 20, 2009 | 5:31 p.m. CDT

BLOOMFIELD — An outbreak of the flu forced a southeast Missouri school district to call off classes.

Bloomfield R-XIV Schools canceled classes Friday. Superintendent Nick Thiele said attendance was at 85 percent, significantly lower than average.

Equally problematic was the fact that a large number of staff members and even substitutes were also sick. School is expected to reopen Monday.

Families are encouraged to wipe down objects at home and especially objects taken from school to home, such as backpacks, pencil boxes and books. The district recommends using a solution of 1 ounce chlorine bleach and 16 ounces water.


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