Raytown School District Cancels Monday Classes Due to Flu

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RAYTOWN, Mo. -- Monday's unseasonably warm and sunny weather has turned into quite a gift for students and teachers in the Raytown School District, or at least the ones who aren't sick in bed with the flu.

The district has cancelled all classes and district activities for Monday due to a flu outbreak that has hit both students and faculty hard.

District officials say that crews will spend Monday cleaning and disinfecting all 18 schools buildings and the district's fleet of school buses.

Officials with the district say that on Friday, one school in the district had 13 of its 32 teachers call in sick, and only 65 percent of its students show up for class.

District officials say that they have been working with the state's Health Department to get information on the best way to disinfect the buildings and vehicles, and the best way to educate parents on flu symptoms and signs.

The district says that they plan on reopening the schools on Tuesday. Officials say that the flu day will not affect the district's overall schedule, as it will take the place of a snow day which the district has not had to use this winter.

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