About 1,000 students absent from a Virginia high school with flu-like symptoms

A Virginia high school canceled all activities this weekend after nearly half of its students called in absent this week due to a flu-like illness.

“Due to the high number of student and staff illnesses reported this week, all Stafford High School activities and athletics scheduled for Sunday, October 23rd have been canceled,” Stafford High’s official Facebook account posted Friday.

The school said it would monitor the level of illness over the weekend and reassess conditions on Monday.

The Hill has reached out to the Stafford County Public Schools office for comment.

NBC 4 Washington reported Friday that about 1,000 students were absent from Stafford High School, which is just outside of Fredericksburg, Va.

The total number of students enrolled at Stafford High is approximately 2,100, officials told NBC.

A spokesman said the students, as well as some staff, are suffering from flu-like and gastrointestinal symptoms.

Officials and the Virginia Department of Health are working together to investigate the root causes of the disease.

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