PARMA, Ohio -- Students are getting an extended weekend as classes have been canceled Thursday and Friday at the Summit Academy school in Parma due to scabies.

School officials released the following statement:

In an abundance of caution, Summit Academy – Parma’s campus at 5868 Stumph Rd Parma, OH is closed, beginning Thursday, December 6, 2018, due to exposure to scabies. We are closing the school to sanitize our facilities so that we may reopen on December 10, 2018. A scabies appearance is a common occurrence in schools, and while the closure is not required by public health officials, school administration and staff felt it was a needed step to promote safety and cleanliness, as well as prevent spread among children and staff.

Scabies are caused "by an infestation of the skin by the human itch mite," the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention explains. "The microscopic scabies mite burrows into the upper layer of the skin where it lives and lays its eggs. The most common symptoms of scabies are intense itching and a pimple-like skin rash."