Guntersville City Schools will join three other nearby schools closing on Monday because of a flu outbreak.
The closure was announced on the school district’s Facebook page Saturday. School officials will shut down school on Monday and Tuesday to “provide an opportunity for school system facilities to be sanitized.”
The school, on Friday, posted a social media note warning parents they were monitoring the flu outbreak. They Facebook post also recommended parents keep children home from school if they have had a fever of 100 degrees or higher within the past 24 hours, or if they had general feelings of muscle aches, fatigue, discomfort, vomiting or coughing.
Guntersville is the latest school to announce a flu-related closure. Boaz City Schools will also be closed Monday and Tuesday after more than 10 percent of students were absent from school on Friday, according to school officials.
Marshall County Schools will also be closed on Monday and Tuesday.
Albertville City Schools, which were closed Friday, will remain closed on Monday.
The closures come as much of north and eastern Alabama are reporting what the Alabama Department of Public Health classified this week as “significant” influenza activity. Flu levels across the the U.S. are elevated, and schools in at least 12 states — including Alabama — are having to shut down.