North Carolina school cancels classes after more than 160 students call out with the flu

MATTHEWS, N.C. — Carmel Christian School in Matthews will be closed Thursday and Friday after officials said more than 160 students called out sick Tuesday, according to WSOC.

A school administrator said this is the first time in school history they have had to cancel school because of a flu-like outbreak.

“That’s horrible,” said Tammy Corsino, who lives nearby. “That’s a large amount of children.”

Administrators hope the long weekend will allow sick students extra time to recover and prevent healthy students from being exposed to the flu.