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Fayette students spend anxious day at home

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FAYETTE COUNTY, TN (WMC-TV) - Three schools were closed Friday in Fayette County after students there came down with flu-like symptoms.

Though there are no confirmed cases of Swine Flu in Fayette County, Martha Perkins and her two children spent the day at home trying to calm their worries.

"I really don't want my children to get that flu because I hear it's serious," Perkins said.

Her son William is a 5th grader at Southwest Elementary, and daughter Kathryn is an 8th grader at West Junior High, two of three schools in Fayette County closed Friday because of swine flu concerns.

"It's really scary," Perkins said.

Thursday, several students from the schools went home sick with flu-like symptoms.

"I was surprised but pleased that they were taking precautions that if there is a chance, they shut down school as possible so no one else could get sick," Perkins said.

According to the office of the Fayette County mayor, so far no students have tested positive for Swine Flu, and school officials plan to continue to monitor the situation over the weekend.  Meanwhile, the Perkins family says it won't be taking any chances.

"I've been staying away from everybody who coughs a lot or shows flu-like symptoms at our school," Kathyrn Perkins said.

"I was thinking it would spread all over the country, so you have to wash your hands everyday to avoid it," William added.

All three Fayette County schools shut themselves down as a precaution.  If all goes well this weekend, school will be back in session on Monday.

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