ALLEN COUNTY, Ky. (WBKO) - Allen County Schools are closed Thursday and Friday due to illness.
School officials announced the decision to close Wednesday afternoon.
Allen County Schools will be closed on Thursday (January 16, 2020) and Friday (January 17, 2020). We will utilize Nclass@home days 1 & 2 on Thursday, 1/16/20, and Friday, 1/17/20 due to illness.— Allen Co. Schools (@AllenCoSchools) January 15, 2020
Officials say recently attendance was dropping and some classes were cut in half because of students who were out sick.
They say many are testing positive for flu and strep throat.
"Our clinic here on campus through The Medical Center, I think they saw 50 patients on Monday, 49 on Tuesday," said Allen County Superintendent, Travis Hamby. "It's really not about the numbers at the end of the day it really is about the health and well-being of our students and staff and just being in school as you walk into a classroom and, you know, half of the students are out and you're trying to teach 10-12 students, it's not the most conducive when half of your class is out."
The clinic inside Allen County High School stayed open Thursday despite school being closed.
Across South Central Kentucky health officials are reporting different illnesses, including a high number of confirmed flu cases.
For the week of December 29, 2019 through January 4, 2020, there were 48 confirmed cases of the flu in Allen County.
As of January 11, 2020, Allen County had a total of 123 confirmed flu cases reported.
Across the state, there is a total of 8,106 confirmed flu cases this flu season.
To learn more about the flu click here.
The Barren River District Health Department provided a list of resources here.