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Macon, Stewart County schools close due to illness

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DOVER, TN (WSMV) -

Widespread illness has forced officials in Macon and Stewart counties to close schools for the rest of the week.

The schools director of Macon County said about 13 percent of the students were absent this week, up about 11 percent from normal.

A Stewart County school spokesperson said attendance numbers at the district's schools are down due to a variety of illnesses, so officials decided to keep students home to get well.

Currently, more than 10 percent of Stewart County's students are sick, which amounts to about 230 of the 2,100 enrolled students.

Two different strains of the flu plus a stomach virus have been going around, so custodians will be working over the next several days to sanitize as many surfaces as possible.

Students will not have to make up any days at the end of the year, according to the superintendent of schools, because they already go an extra half-hour every day and have been stockpiling days.

In February, Stewart County closed its schools for two days as students and faculty recovered from a stomach bug.

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