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11/20/02 - Longview

High Absentee Rate at Gilmer I.S.D.

If your kids say they're feeling sick and want to stay home from school, they're not alone. Right now several East Texas schools are seeing a drop in attendance because kids are suffering from flu like symptoms. Today the Gilmer School District had more than 300 children absent due to the illness. That's 14 percent of enrollment. Hardest hit is the junior high campus, where 26 percent of the kids are out sick. School nurses say most of the kids are showing symptoms like fever, stomach aches, and coughs. If the absentee rate should climb to 25 percent , district officials will consider shutting classes down for a short period, to allow children to get well.
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