Michigan School District Closes Amid Flu Outbreak

October 26, 2018 - 9:04 am

BRITTON, Mich. (WWJ) - A school district in southern Michigan was forced to close because so many students and staff have come down with the flu.

All Britton-Deerfield Schools in Lenawee County are closed Friday because of a flu outbreak. Superintendent Stacy Johnson said the illness started with staff, then children started getting sick. 

"We had a number of staff mainly that were out," Johnson told WWJ's Beth Fisher. "So we started with the flu going through the staff a few days ago and it's kind of just spread."

Johnson said about 20-percent of the students are out sick. It's affecting her family, too -- her husband, the high school football coach, and her son, a high school student, both have the flu.  She says school buildings will be disinfected today and they hope to have school on Monday.

"It's hard when it hits your house. It's certainly different because that hat between superintendent and mom is a little bit different sometimes," she said. "But really right now I'm just planning on going into the school today, if there's any help I can be to the custodial staff. We've got our plan in place."

School buildings will be disinfected over the weekend, Johnson said, with things hopefully returning to normal to start the week.

"Right before the weekend, you know, it's a better time because it gives us the weekend to disinfect and clean and get things ready for a proper learning environment for the students on Monday," she said.