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Two school districts in Alabama have announced they’re switching to remote learning again amidst a rise in flu illnesses in students and faculty. 

Alexander City Schools (ACS) is shutting down in-person learning Tuesday and Wednesday “in an effort to mitigate the spread of the flu virus” that has infected an estimated 20% of faculty and students, according to an ACS press release.

ACS faculty, staff and students will be using remote learning for the two days and return to school in person on Thursday. 

“It is our hope that this brief transition to a virtual learning model will give us the opportunity to see the virus subside,” an ACS spokesperson said in a statement. “During this time, all buildings and schools will be thoroughly sanitized. Currently, our data indicates that 20% of our faculty is absent and close to 20% of our student body is absent due to illness. These numbers have doubled since Friday.”

According to ACS, all extracurricular activities will be canceled for the next two days and will resume on Thursday. 

“Again, it is our hope that this proactive approach will allow time to have our facilities disinfected and to prevent any further spread,” an ACS spokesperson said in a statement. “Thank you for your understanding.”

Demopolis City Schools also announced on Facebook that they would be “operating virtually” today and Wednesday “due to the high volume of students with the flu.”

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