Athens City Schools close for flu outbreak

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ATHENS (WATE) – After a flu outbreak, Christmas break will start one day early for students at Athens City Schools.

Robert Green, the Director of Schools, told WTVC the school will be open on Thursday, but closed on Friday.

Greene says 268 students, approximately 15% of students, were absent because of an illness on Tuesday.

The middle school, according to Green, was hit the hardest. Monday more than 150 students were absent and Tuesday at least 160, or 32% of students, were reported sick.

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