Idaho school district closes for week due to flu

Idaho school district closes for week due to flu
Vials of flu vaccine are displayed at Philly Flu Shots on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013 in Philadelphia. The flu season arrived early in the U.S. this year, but health officials and experts say it's too early to say this will be a bad one. Experts say evidence so far is pointing to a moderate flu season - it just looks worse because last year's season was so mild. Flu usually doesn't blanket the country until late January or February. Now, it's already widespread in more than 40 states. That could change when the next government report comes out Friday. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
DUBOIS, Idaho (AP) — An eastern Idaho school district has canceled classes for the rest of the week because so many students are sick with flu-like symptoms.

Clark County School District in Dubois released students at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Superintendent Dan Lantis says the illness was concentrated among the kindergarten through fifth graders, with 14 absent and another 16 that were ill out of a total enrollment of about 80 students.

The district runs on a four-day week and they dismissed early last Thursday, hoping the long weekend would cut down on the spread of the sickness. Lantis says attendance was better on Monday, but declined again on Tuesday.

The high school students are not as affected and their basketball games will be played as scheduled.