Gentry Public Schools will be closed on Friday, Feb. 17 due to the flu.

On Thursday, Gentry Public Schools posted to their Facebook page that the school would close due to the high number of absences. The school cited strep and flu has caused the district to see around 13% student absentees.

The district said due to school being closed on Monday for President’s Day, a four-day weekend may give ill staff and students time to “recuperate” and slow or end the spread of the illness.