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Flu rips through Chattanooga, Bledsoe area schools

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CHATTANOOGA, TN (Times Free Press) -- With bus drivers too sick to drive, teachers too sick to teach and students too sick to learn, several regional schools are surrendering school days to the flu in hopes of curbing the virus' rampant spread among children.

A powerful strain of the flu has crippled several school systems throughout Tennessee, forcing them to close their doors to disinfect buildings and allow the illness to take its course while students, faculty and staff recover at home.

Bledsoe County Schools closed Monday and Tuesday after 328 children in the 2,000-student system were absent Friday, along with 28 teachers and several bus drivers, said Jennifer Terry, schools director.

"We're a real small district, so it's hard to find substitutes -- especially for that many," Terry said.

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