MAYNARDVILLE (WATE) – All Union County schools will be closed Friday due to illness.
Only Big Ridge Elementary was closed Thursday, said to be because of a stomach virus circulating through the school, but all schools in the county will be closed on Friday.
A school spokesperson said 10 to 12 percent of students at Union County High School were absent on Thursday.
Janitors will work to scrub down the schools. Students will be back in class on Monday, the day of the solar eclipse, for a half day.
The school system posted to social media that if any student at any other school experiences the virus, symptoms are expected to last 48 hours.