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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -
The following is a news release from Montgomery County Public Schools:
An outbreak of flu-like symptoms is prompting school officials to close The Children's Center for three days as a proactive measure. The school serves students with a variety of medical and physical challenges.
Superintendent Barbara W. Thompson made the decision after consulting with MPS nursing staff and the county health department.
"We are working to help protect the students at the Center," said Thompson. "The closing will allow students to limit exposure to others and give the virus a chance to run its course."
Tuesday, roughly half of the students and staff at Children's Center have contracted one or more contagious illnesses. These illnesses are not usually life threatening. However, due to the high number of students/staff affected and the immune compromised status of many of the Children's Center students, the Montgomery County School officials made the decision to close the Center beginning Wednesday, May 16 through Friday, May 18. During this time, deep sanitizing will be conducted throughout the entire campus. Classes will resume Monday, May 21.
While there is no indication that this is an issue in our other schools, officials are working with principals and school nurse to help remind students that the best way to prevent the spread of illness is to keep your distance from people who are sick and to wash your hands frequently.
Letters were sent home to parents Tuesday afternoon. While this closing may cause some inconvenience, the system is taking this proactive action in an effort to protect the students at the Center who have existing health concerns.