Blue Ridge Unified School District cancelled classes Friday in an effort to stop the spread of illnesses in its school, said Dr. Michael Wright, BRUSD superintendent, although the exact nature of what’s causing the sicknesses — COVID-19, colds or flu — isn’t known.

“We’re seeing illness,” Wright said, “and you need a five-day quarantine (for COVID-19) so by closing the schools today, and the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on Monday, we hope to slow that.”

He added that the district is not seeing a lot of its teachers out sick, but indicated that 80% of Blue Ridge teachers are vaccinated.

Show Low schools were also closed Friday for a “teachers-off” day and were closed Monday for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

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