Entire W.Va. county school system closes after flu outbreak

March 28, 2019

NEW CUMBERLAND, W.Va. (AP) — All the schools in a West Virginia county are being closed because of a flu outbreak.

A state Education Department spokesperson forwarded a voicemail from the Hancock County school superintendent confirming the Friday closures.

In the voicemail, Superintendent Timothy Woodward says all schools in the county will be closed because a large number of staff and faculty have the flu. He says they don’t have enough substitute teachers to fill the schools.

Woodward says a single elementary school has over 18 teachers out with the flu. He also says a large number of central office staff have the flu.