Flu outbreak shutters Clarendon Hall for rest of week

Classes, activities canceled until Jan. 29

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Clarendon Hall is closed for the rest of the week because of a flu outbreak among students and staff.

The private non-denominational pre-K through grade 12 Christian school on South Dukes Street in Summteron will not hold classes or activities Jan. 24-26 "due to a number of students and staff members who have tested positive for the influenza virus."

"Our first concern is always the safety of our students, staff, parents and the school community," Headmaster Phillip Rizzo said. "After consulting with health care professionals, we made the decision to close for the remainder of the week."

School officials are encouraging anyone with flu-like symptoms to seek medical attention and "quarantine themselves until they are 24 hours symptom-free."

During the closure, the school will be cleaned and disinfected, the school said.

The school's athletic banquet will be held on Monday, Jan. 29, at 6:30 p.m.

Tonight's away game again Andrew Jackson Academy will be played as scheduled.

All activities on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday are canceled. Clarendon Hall will not participate in the SCISA Spelling Bee or Bowling Tournament.

The Powder Puff Football Game and sports pictures will be rescheduled.

This flu season has been especially harsh, with nine flu-associated deaths in the state in the most recently reported week, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.