Flu in Schools

Sniffles and sneezes are hitting a few of the schools in Warren County.

District-wide the attendance levels were at 91-percent on January 23 and 24, 2007.

For the Warren County School District that's lower than normal, but not low enough to call off school.

Rockfield Elementary's principal says it's been hit hard by the flu and a stomach virus.

"They've got a lot of chills and fever, they don't feel like working. It makes it tough on them," said Damon Tabor, the school's principal.

In Holly Ringo's P-4 class, half of her students were absent.

"We came in on Monday morning and we thought maybe there was a late bus and then we realized over half of the class was sick," said Ringo.

On Wednesday, January 24, 2007, 11 of Ringo's 25 students had to stay at home.

She's had to change her curriculum to accommodate all of the absences.

"We haven't done spelling at all this week because there's so many students out. We haven't assigned homework this week," said Ringo.

At Rockfield, the teachers that have a high number of sick kids aren't teaching new concepts until the class numbers return to normal.

"We don't want to introduce any new content because of the excessive absences that we've had," said Ringo.

So the students are reviewing certain areas they may need a little extra help with.

"I've even gone through and targeted certain skills my students need and chosen the games that they're playing right now according to those skills that they need to work on," said Ringo.

The students are also reviewing healthy habits including using hand sanitize, washing their hands, and covering their mouths when they cough.

"We told the kids to go home and get a lot of rest, drink their orange juice, and we're trying to not do as many of the group activities," said Ringo.

Administrators say for the most part the teachers have been well. They're hoping it stays that way.