Schools: Attendance on track despite virus

Published 12:02 am Thursday, December 20, 2012


The flu-like virus that’s packing doctors’ offices throughout the county doesn’t appear to be impacting school attendance.

The virus mimics flu symptoms such as a fever, body aches and a sore throat.

At the county school level, all the elementary schools – with the exception of W.S. Harlan – has reported attendance rates of more than 90 percent since Dec. 3. W.S. Harlan reported 88 percent attendance, according to figures from the county school board.

Both Andalusia and Opp City Schools say they have not experienced a change in attendance.

“We haven’t seen any significant increase or decrease in absentees,” ACS superintendent Ted Watson said.

OCS superintendent Michael Smithart said, “everything is pretty steady right now.”

Bobbie Meyer of Andalusia Regional Hospital offered these tips to enjoying a healthy, happy holiday season:

• Wash hands often to keep yourself from spreading germs and getting sick. Wash your hands with soap and clean running water for at least 20 seconds.

• Bundle up to stay dry and warm. Wear appropriate outdoor clothing: layers of light, warm clothing; mittens; hats; scarves; and waterproof boots.

• Manage stress. Don’t over commit yourself and prevent holiday anxiety and pressure. Get enough sleep.

• Get your vaccinations, including a flu shot, which helps prevent diseases and save lives.

– Kendra Bolling and Stephanie Nelson contributed to this report.