Update: List of Arkansas schools closing due to flu outbreak

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Update (Feb. 18):

CALICO ROCK, Ark. – A flu outbreak is canceling classes on Wednesday and Thursday for the Calico Rock School District.

The district posted the announcement on its website, saying:
“We will use that time to sanitize the school and give time for students to recuperate. Students will need to do AMI packet DAY 1 and DAY 2. Packets must be completed on Friday when we return to school or the student will be counted absent and will still be required to make up that work.

“AMI packets are available on the school website if a student has lost their packet. Also, if you don’t have a way to print the material, answer the questions on your own paper and bring the answers in on Friday.”

Update (Feb. 12):

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Another Arkansas school district is canceling classes due to the flu.

The latest district to see a rise in illnesses is Mountain Pine.

Also this week, the flu canceled classes Monday and Tuesday for the Little Rock School District.


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – A flu outbreak continues to close some Arkansas schools.

The Pulaski County Special School District announced on Thursday afternoon that Maumelle Middle, Maumelle High and Robinson High schools will have an AMI day on Friday. These schools will be deep cleaned to sanitize the building. Students participating in the district science fair will still be able to attend. Robinson High and Maumelle High basketball teams will still have their games since they are away games, the district said.

Meanwhile, two other Arkansas school districts are also canceling classes because of the flu.

The Guy-Perkins School District is closed Friday and will use AMI Day #2.


The Sheridan School District will be closed Thursday and Friday due to the number of flu cases they’ve experienced throughout the district.

The Mayflower School District will also be closed on Thursday and Friday due to rising flu absences.


The Lonoke School District announced they will close Thursday and Friday, February 6-7 due to the increase in the number of confirmed flu cases.


South Pike County School District has announced they will close Wed-Fri. Feb 5th, 6th, 7th for the flu.


Newport Special School District will not have class Wednesday and Thursday due to student and staff illness.


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Pamela Smith from the Little Rock School district announced today that Rockefeller and King will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday due to flu illnesses.

“As you may be aware, the number of doctor-confirmed cases of the flu is on the rise across the state. Rockefeller and King have reported a significant increase in the number of suspected flu cases. As a result of this increase, we closed Rockefeller and King ONLY at the recommendation of state health officials, to prevent further spreading of the flu and to allow our custodial team along with SSC, a company that specializes in sanitizing buildings, the opportunity to disinfect those schools.  We are also having our staff and custodial teams disinfect ALL school buildings as a precaution.  Please note Rockefeller and King are the only two schools that are closed Tuesday and Wednesday – ALL other schools are open,” said Smith.


CABOT, Ark. — Cabot schools announcing they will be closing schools Feb. 6 & 7 due to sickness.

The school district announced that they are aware that there is about to be an extreme change in the weather later this week, and think it could potentially impact students and staff.


Guy Perkins schools will be closed Monday Feb. 3 due to the flu outbreak.


BEEBE, Ark. – The Beebe School District has announced there will be no classes on Monday and Tuesday (Feb. 3-4) due to a flu outbreak.


NEWPORT, Ark. — Newport School District announced today, January 31 they will be closing early and taking an AMI day on Monday, February 3 due to student and staff illness.

The school district will be releasing school at 1:30 p.m. today.

Schools will be disinfected during that time.

Original Story:

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Three more Arkansas schools report closing their doors amid a flu outbreak.

On Thursday, Lisa Academy North in Sherwood, the Decatur School District in northwest Arkansas and Ridgefield Christian Schools in Jonesboro were added to the list.

Lisa Academy is closed through Friday, Ridgefield Christian Schools are closed Friday and Decatur schools are closed Friday and Monday.

Earlier this month, flu outbreaks in Jackson County, Fordyce, Pangburn, Des Arc and Magazine led to closures.

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