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Local school shut down Friday due to flu

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SPOKANE, Wash. -

The principal of St. Charles Parish and School in Spokane made the decision Thursday to close its doors on Friday. Principal Skip Bounccelli says more than four dozen kids have come down with the flu. That happens every year, but Principal Bouncelli says the problem this year is that kids are coming back too early, and spreading and perpetuating the virus.

In a letter to parents Principal Bouncelli wrote "I am concerned that if the students continue to have contact with one another we will not get ahead of the virus. With that said, I am closing school and extended car on Friday, February 6. The school will reopen Monday, February 9." Teachers and other staff will be at the school on Friday cleaning everything from top to bottom.

Mr. Bouncelli says health professionals told him eradication of the flu virus takes about 48 hours. But he wanted to be sure, so he budgeted for 72 hours with no student contact. He also asks that any child who may be sick Monday stay home from school. If they suspect a student is sick, that student will be sent home immediately.

Since the start of the flu season in Spokane County 11 people have died from flu-related symptoms (81 have died statewide). 298 people have been hospitalized in Spokane County due to the flu.

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