Flu shuts down Bishop McLaughlin
The flu and a growing number of absences at Bishop McLaughlin have prompted administrators to close the school for the rest of the week. Friday night's football game, which was scheduled to be at Canterbury in St. Petersburg, has been moved to 6 p.m. on Oct. 15. Also, tonight's volleyball match at home against Tampa Prep has been postponed. "We've had a number of absences this week, and it's been cold/flu related," Bishop McLaughlin athletic director Eddie Kenny told The Tampa Tribune. "Just the traditional cold and flu. There's been no swine, so the principal has decided to close the school for the next two days in order to give a clean wipe and disinfect the facilities. Just a proactive approach to try and just knock it out of the area. Hopefully take care of it and get everybody back healthy and back to normal - school days with full attendance." The decision to close the school was made Wednesday morning, Kenny said.Kenny did not give a total number of students who have complained of flu-like symptoms, but he said that because it is a small campus, any number of absences are noticeable. "It's just a proactive approach that the school is taking, and we're lucky enough to be able to reschedule the football game, and we'll look to reschedule volleyball as well," Kenny said. "To get everybody healthy is the main thing."
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