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Attendance improves after schools close due to flu

Officials with Guntersville City Schools tell WAAY 31 they haven’t seen much of a change in attendance district-wide since students returned to school, but one Guntersville school says differently.

Posted: Feb 13, 2018 6:10 PM
Updated: Mar 10, 2020 3:42 PM

WAAY 31 is learning just how much school closings impacted the spread of the flu in our area.

Students with Guntersville, Albertville, and Boaz City Schools returned to class on Monday.

Officials with Guntersville City Schools tell WAAY 31 they haven’t seen much of a change in attendance district-wide since students returned to school, but one Guntersville school says differently.

“I think it’s always best to air on the side of caution when it comes to dealing with the heath and safety of the students," said Guntersville High School parent, Steve Moultrie.

Guntersville High School, along with every other school in the district, closed last Thursday and Friday to clean the school because of the flu epidemic.

But now that they’re back open, WAAY 31 wanted to see if the closing made an impact on absences.

“During our peak time, we were seeing a little over 50 students out, maybe 55 or 57 students, and at this point, we only have 36 out," said Guntersville High School Principal, Roseanne Mabrey.

Mabrey says she’s definitely seen an improvement.

“Nurse’s office was a frequent place for students to be visiting during the school day," Mabrey said. "We have seen less traffic to our nurse, so that’s been a positive sign.”

And Mabrey says she thinks the closing and the cleaning did exactly what they were hoping, by allowing students time to get better and to help stop the spread of germs.

“I don’t hear as much coughing and sneezing so maybe that’s an improvement," she said.

And parent Steve Moultrie says, even though his son didn't have the flu, he's thankful the school system was proactive.

“It all goes back to the staff and teachers," Moultrie said. "A+ all the way around."

Officials with Albertville and Boaz City Schools tell WAAY 31 they’ve seen a significant improvement in attendance district-wide, with a decrease in absences this week compared to last week.

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