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Kellogg Schools shut down after influenza outbreak hits students

UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 10, 2018, 8:48 p.m.

Morning sun shines on Kellogg Middle School in Kellogg, Idaho on Thursday, November 10, 2016. The Kellogg School District has shut down operations after dozens students have missed several days following an influx of influenza cases, according to the school’s website. (Kathy Plonka / The Spokesman-Review)
Morning sun shines on Kellogg Middle School in Kellogg, Idaho on Thursday, November 10, 2016. The Kellogg School District has shut down operations after dozens students have missed several days following an influx of influenza cases, according to the school’s website. (Kathy Plonka / The Spokesman-Review)

The Kellogg School District has shut down operations after dozens of students have missed several days following an influx of influenza cases, according to the school’s website.

School officials on Tuesday closed Pinehurst Elementary School after 140 of 430 total students missed time due to the illness, the Shoshone News-Press reported.

As a result of the closure, the girl’s basketball game scheduled for Thursday against St. Maries has been canceled and no makeup date has been announced.

The school website said all buildings and activities will be suspended until Monday.

“The purpose of this closure is to allow staff and students to stay home, get plenty of rest and seek any necessary medical services,” the school announced. “The temporary closure will also allow district cleaning staff to conduct a deep cleaning of all facilities.”