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Flu Having Varied Effect On Local Schools

The flu bug that's taking a huge bite out of attendance figures in some school districts around the country is having a more muted effect in Door and Kewaunee counties.

In Sturgeon Bay, Superintendent Joe Stutting says they're not seeing much of an increase in terms of absences, but he says when students have been getting sick they've missed more time.

At Southern Door, administrative assistant Jane Jennerjohn says they had the flu go through before Christmas. She says although most parents didn't specify the type of illness, they had 10-12% of the students miss time the three weeks before the holiday break, where they usually see a 2-3% absence.

Algoma Superintendent Ron Welch says they also had a spike before the holiday and are starting to see absentee numbers increase again. He says in their PK-6 building the average number of students absent is 9 and Wednesday they had 16. Welch says they're seeing the same type of increase at the 7th through 12th grade building, with numbers usually in the 10-12 range now up around 20.

We also spoke with Sevastopol High School Principal Adam Baier, who says they haven't seen anything out of the ordinary.

"I know it's in the national news and there are a lot of stories about it but thankfully it has not hit our community yet."

Baier says Sevastopol sends out information to parents about things their kids can do to try to stay healthy.

"We talk to them about having their kids get the appropriate amount of sleep, eating habits, exercise --  those types of things," says Baier. "As well as we do some things in our school, we have hand sanitizer available and we encourage kids (to use it), and our cleaning and maintenance staff is more cautious about cleaning hand railings and things like that." 


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