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Illness-related Absences Near Normal for this Time of Year

Posted: Tuesday, October 27th, 2009 at 6:29 am

The flu and other seasonal illnesses continue to make an impact on attendance at area schools. Knoxville’s school absence rate remains at around 10%, with most of the absences from the Middle School, according to Knoxville schools superintendent Dr. Randy Flack. Pella Schools Superintendent Mark Wittmer says the Pella absentee rate remain stable at an average of 10%, although roughly 20% of the students from one building were absent Monday.

Pella Christian Grade School’s absence rate is around 10%, up from around 5% last week, while the high school is at around 10%, which is around normal for this time of year. PCM schools report only a few students absent from school. The Melcher-Dallas high school and middle school each have an absence rate around 6%, down from 10% last week. Pleasantville’s highest absentee rate in the district is at the high school at 7%. The Twin Cedars absence rates were not immediately available. The number of students absent is does not necessarily reflect only H1N1 or seasonal flu-related illness.