The Meigs County School System will be closed for the remainder of the week because of a flu outbreak.

The news comes from Meigs County Director of School Donald E. Roberts after the system experienced an absentee rate of 31% Wednesday. Thirty-five staff members are out as well.

The downtime will allow the system clean all schools and buses thoroughly, as well as some recovery time for affected students and staff

The closure does include extracurricular activities at all the schools through the weekend.