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2 Alabama schools closed by influenza outbreak

MOULTON, Ala. (AP) — An elementary and middle school in northern Alabama will be closed for the rest of the week because of the number of cases of flu among students and employees.

Lawrence County Schools Superintendent Jon Bret Smith told news outlets that Moulton Elementary School and Moulton Middle School are closed Wednesday through Friday.

Smith said the school system is having trouble finding substitute teachers because of staff absences.

School officials said families should use the three days off to recover from the illness. Smith said anyone with flu should stay home for at least five days.

School employees planned to clean and sanitize both schools during the time off.

The closure does not apply to Lawrence County High School.

Moulton is about 45 miles (72 kilometers) southwest of Huntsville.

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