Some Texas districts cancel classes due to flu, illness

DALLAS (AP) — Some Texas school districts have canceled classes because of high numbers of students and staff experiencing illnesses including the flu.

Gunter Independent School District, located north of Dallas, announced Wednesday that it would close beginning Thursday after about 30 percent of its students were absent due to illness. Bonham Independent School District, located northeast of Dallas, said Tuesday that school would be canceled starting Wednesday after all of its campuses had an increase in flu cases.

Bonham school district has about 1,800 students, while Gunter has about 800. Both districts will reopen Jan. 24 after crews disinfect campus spaces.

In West Texas, Paducah Independent School District canceled classes Thursday and Friday. Officials said facilities in the district with about 200 students would be disinfected and classes would resume Monday.