UPDATE: Several schools systems are keeping their doors closed this week, due to a large number of students and teachers being sick.

Some are closing for the rest of the week:

  • Marion County 
  • Bradley County
  • Cleveland City Schools 

Polk County Schools will be closed on Wednesday.   

PREVIOUS STORY: Rhea County Schools will be closed Monday and Tuesday of next week, due to sickness.

Jerry Levengood, director of Rhea County Schools, says 789 students were absent from the classroom Friday because they are sick.

Levengood says too many teachers were also sick and the school system could not find enough subs.

Additionally, Sweetwater City Schools and Van Buren County schools will also be closed Monday and Tuesday because of illness.

School will resume on Wednesday. 

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