WNEM TV5 was informed by the Mount Pleasant Schools superintendent that the district is closing all schools due to a flu outbreak.
Superintendent Mike Pung says the schools will be closed Thursday and Friday.
Classes will resume Tuesday following a Monday in-service day.
Pung said seven staff members and more than 200 students were absent from Ganiard Elementary School.
A doctor with Central Michigan University recommended the district shut down the buildings to help cut down on the transmission of the sickness. The same doctor said the flu resembled a norovirus. Symptoms include stomach cramps, diarrhea and vomiting, and last between one day and three days.
The CMU health department is studying several samples of the virus taken from sick students.
All school sporting events have been canceled through Tuesday morning.
Meanwhile, the Saginaw Chippewa Academy, located in Mt. Pleasant, has also chosen to close their schools until Tuesday, Jan. 17.
According to their tribal spokesperson, the academy does not have a flu outbreak, but has chosen to be pro-active because of the Mt. Pleasant Schools closing. They are also canceling all extra curricular school events for that time which involve students.
Stay with WNEM.com and TV5 as we learn more information about the situation.
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