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Flu outbreak closes multiple Maine schools

Edna Libby Elementary School in Standish and Sanford Christian Academy will be closed on Monday, February 3rd because of the flu.

STANDISH, Maine — Two Maine schools will be closed on Monday, February 3, because of influenza outbreaks. 

Edna Libby Elementary School in Standish and Sanford Christian Academy both posted the news on their Facebook pages.

At Edna Libby Elementary School, Superintendent Penna says the decision was made after consulting with the Maine CDC over the number of students with influenza.

Penna said the maintenance department continues to do daily cleaning and disinfecting of the school, but the number of cases had continued to rise.

The CDC recommends a 3-day incubation period and closing school Monday, February 3rd will allow the school to meet the incubation recommendation.

"We hope your family is well and apologize for any inconvenience this closure may cause, but the health of our school community is paramount," says Superintendent Penna.

Sanford Christian Academy posted on its Facebook page Sunday afternoon: "There will be NO school tomorrow!! The flu has spread rapidly through the school and with so many kids and teachers calling out sick, we believe it is a good idea to take the day to disinfect everything.

There will be no school, but the remaining teachers who are healthy need to come to their classrooms to disinfect and Lysol everything! Have a great day off, wash your hands, and stay healthy!"

Both schools expect to reopen on Tuesday, February 3rd. 

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