St. Elizabeth R-4 School District officials have decided to cancel Friday's classes.
Superintendent Doug Kempker posted the decision on the school's Facebook page Thursday afternoon. District patrons also were notified by the school's text messaging system.
"Due to an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases among staff and students, combined with the community spread of COVID, and the number of cases of flu-like symptoms, our school will be closed on Friday, January 14, 2022," Kempker posted on Facebook.
With Friday's classes canceled, school will be out of session for four days in a row. Classes are scheduled to resume on Tuesday.
Kempker advised: "We encourage all families to take advantage of this extra day off as we also observe Dr. Martin Luther King day on Monday, January 17, to stay healthy so that we can resume classes next week with all of our school family."
The superintendent also reminded parents not to send their children to school if they're sick, and to monitor children for flu and coronavirus symptoms.