School Absenteeism Up, Flu May Be To Blame

Some schools have seen an increase in kids being absent which could be the result of the flu.

Some schools in Beaufort County have seen a higher than normal amount of kids out this year. Bertie County's absentee rate is 67 percent higher as compared to a year ago, while Pitt County says they have seen spikes in kids calling out, but say it's nothing to sound the alarm about.

Schools are continuing to take precautions against the flu by continually wiping down surfaces and reminding kids to wash their hands and sneeze and cough into their sleeves.

State officials are reporting flu activity that rivals the winter peak of other flu seasons this decade

Many school districts across eastern Carolina will soon be offering flu shots for students and faculty.


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  • by unknown Location: windsor on Oct 20, 2009 at 10:31 AM
    Im a student of Bertie High School that have the H1N1 and there are to many children that is in danger.Most people say that it not that bad but it is they need to shut the school down for a week and clean it head to toe.
  • by lanya Location: williamston on Oct 19, 2009 at 05:51 AM
    probably tne vacine gave some students a little something as a side affect
  • by Anonymous on Sep 30, 2009 at 09:18 PM
    Clifton, they also look at why the child was absent. If you bring in a note from a doctor it is a little bit different than a person staying home, and never bringing in a note on why they are absent.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 29, 2009 at 01:31 PM
    To Kayleigh. WHAT?!
  • by Educated Location: Martin County on Sep 28, 2009 at 02:47 PM
    To Kayleigh, I don't know what to say to your response except as evident by your response and post you really need some educational help. You can't even spell stupid, and I know that is not thug spelling. It is a shame that someone like you would even respond to this post about the flu it is almost funny tell me you did it so everyone could laugh at you. If nothing else I recommend you erase your name from the post, I'm sure your family isn't proud. School is your resource to money later and not the jail, when you figure that out you will know that school was a whole lot better than Bertie Martin Regional Jail. God bless your young soul, and may god help you since school has not. Now as far as the Flu goes, Tom Daley is not going to do anything that would help our kids with the flu, it will take parents just to keep them out to keep them safe. It makes no since, I think he worries more about the ones like you that have no where else to turn, that's what he said anyway.
  • by Kayleigh Location: Greenvill on Sep 27, 2009 at 06:53 AM
    OMG THAT STUPIT they think ppl is skippin bc they sick riiiight bc I see ppl everywhare they be at the mall they at walmart they at Mickie D's they everywhere they even partyin bc I was their last week. Why would they go to school it stupit u cant even txt or do nuthin they think they cops. Welp Mister too bad bc I quit last year an alrady 3 of my bffs did this year bc it stupit. They need to jus claose these schools all of them bc nobody want to go anyway so why have them. It ghetto.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 26, 2009 at 05:32 PM
    I am loving the idea of home schooling more and more.
  • by Clifton Location: Washington on Sep 26, 2009 at 04:12 AM
    From first grade to the 12th grade I did not have A/C at school. The windows were kept open allowing fresh air to continually circulate through out the school. Germs and virus' were kept at a minimum. Why not give this a try? With flu running rampant, close the schools for a week or two to help clear the schools. School officials should RAISE THE NUMBER OF DAYS A CHILD IS ABLE TO MISS SCHOOL, WITHOUT THE POSSIBILITY OF FAILING THEIR GRADE. 20 days with flu this bad is really stupid. 20 days is too short even without the flu. Parents should at that time MAKE your kids stay home and recuperate. Business' should let people with the flu stay home without repercussion. This is a public problem, not a corporate decision that a bunch of board member have to make that will either sink or float a company. It is our lives at stake. The lives of YOUR CHILDREN. It's up to US to keep our children safe, not some board of directors.
  • by The Wise One Location: NC on Sep 25, 2009 at 06:01 PM
    You're think??? That seems obvious.
  • by Someone. Location: Washington on Sep 25, 2009 at 05:01 PM
    I think they should shut ALL the schools down in beaufort count, untill the flu is gone! I go to p.s. jones middle school, and i have the swine flu. Just b/c people tell others to wash their hand and stuff doesnt mean there gonan do it! They shoudl just shut us all down, until the flus gone.
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