MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Two northern Alabama school systems close as the number of influenza cases in both systems increases.
Al.com reports Albertville City Schools will be closed Friday and Monday while Fayetteville City Schools will close Friday.
Albertville officials say 13 percent of the district's nearly 5,700 students were absent Thursday. WHNT-TV reports that teachers and trainers will use the student-free days to clean classrooms and other areas.
Fayetteville reports higher numbers of influenza and stomach viruses.
Other school systems urge parents to keep the children home if they are ill.
The closures come so much from north and eastern Alabama, which reports what the Institute of Public Health is classified as "significant" influenza activity.
The fly season generally ranges between December and February, although it may last as late as May.