With approximately 1,900 children and counting sick with colds and flu, Kalamazoo Public Schools had decided to close schools on Friday.

KPS sent out a short statement Thursday afternoon:

With approximately 1,900 children absent, sent home sick, or complaining of ill health with stomach related or flu-like symptoms today, the Kalamazoo Public Schools, after discussions with Kalamazoo County Health and Human Services, will close Friday, Feb. 24. The closure will allow Friday, Saturday, and Sunday for those that are sick to recover and will give KPS the opportunity to clean and disinfect buildings.

Richland-Gull Lake schools will also be closed on Friday.