ASHE COUNTY — Students will not be in the classroom Friday, Feb. 8. due to the number of influenza-like illnesses spreading through local schools, according to a schools official.

Ashe County Superintendent Phyllis Yates said she encouraged all parents to keep students at home throughout the long weekend, hoping to stop the spread. During the weekend, custodians will provide a "deep clean," according to Yates.

Yates and ACS made the decision after speaking with Jennifer Greene, AppHealthCare public health director, as the number of sick students has risen steadily over the past week. 

The sickness has not only impacted students, but many teachers have shown symptoms, according to Yates. She added that substitute teachers have been hard to find, as well. 

Yates said she hopes to see improvement by Monday, Feb. 11. 

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