The Kodiak Island Borough
School District is
reporting a large increase in its absentee rates. The school district has asked
parents of children with flu symptoms to keep their children at home in order
to slow the spread of illness and parents seem to be heeding the advice.
Most of the district schools in
Kodiak are reporting 20 percent of the kids absent at each site. Kodiak Middle
School has a higher rate of students out; around
37 percent. Close to 200 middle school students were absent both on Monday and
Kodiak Middle School Principal Ron
Bryant said the staff is doing its best to focus on teaching the students that
are in school. He also said he's had to learn to take a new approach toward
symptoms he used to just "tough out."
-- (School 1 "When
I was ... -up that work")
Steve Steffensen is also dealing with a dramatic drop in attendance this week.
-- (School 2 "Well,
you know ... substantial number.")
Steffensen said that the school is
monitoring the illnesses by staying in close touch with each of the families.
So far, the staff at the school has managed to stay healthy.
Doerkson is the director of schools for the Kodiak Island Borough
School District. He said
that although they don't know the exact causes of the absences they expect that
many of them are due to the flu.
-- (School 3 "Fortunately
today the ... students fall behind.")
Doerkson said that at this
point, he feels confidant that the schools will remain open.
School's Steffensen is
also trying to remain optimistic about the situation.
-- (School 4 "You
know I ...at the end of it.")
In addition to keeping kids with
flu symptoms home parents are reminded to keep up the daily lectures about hand
washing and covering sneezes and coughs in order to help slow the spread of