POLAND — Poland Community School canceled its popular Friendsgiving event Tuesday because so many students were ill officials thought it wasn’t safe to proceed.

In a message to families, Principal Brandi Comeau said “an enormous number of students” were home ill Monday and “a large number” of others had to be sent home during the school day “due to sudden illness.”

It is not clear what made the students sick.

Comeau said the school canceled the event “to keep you and your extended family safe” given the Thanksgiving holiday. “Our hope is that by canceling the event we will not increase the spread of illness to our entire community,” she said.

Comeau said the school has been hit hard by illness the past two weeks.

“There have been days where we were unsure if we would have enough staff present,” she said.

She called it a “great disappointment” that the Friendsgiving event could not proceed after the many hours of work put into preparations for it.

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