Brookings-Harbor School District hit new highs this week in terms of the numbers of students and staff absent from school due to illness, according to school officials.

On Friday BHSD reported the following absences:

Kalmiopsis Elementary

•176 students absent out of 755 enrolled (23.31 percent of students in grades K-5)

•22 teachers and staff members absent (26.51 percent of Kalmiopsis staff)

Azalea Middle School

•54 students absent out of 354 enrolled (15.25 percent of students in grades 6-8)

•Eight teachers and staff members absent (20 percent of total Azalea staff)

Brookings-Harbor High School

•78 students absent out of 497 enrolled (15.69 percent of students in grades 9-12)

•Seven teachers and staff members absent (12.50 percent of total BHHS staff)

Because the absences are the result of a mix of ailments, and not one particular flu, this is not considered an outbreak by local health authorities, school officials said, noting the district has been taking extra measures to sanitize classrooms and frequently-touched places.

This weekend, all classrooms will be disinfected by the janitorial staff, officials said. So far, the impacts have not required any changes in classes, programs, events or activities.

School officials offer these tips:

•Wash hands frequently with soap and water

•Cover your cough

•After an illness in your own home, sanitize everything, especially frequently-touched places.

•Stay home from school or work if you are sick or contagious.

“The health and safety of our students, faculty and staff is our top priority,” said Superintendent Sean Gallagher. “We thank parents for their cooperation in keeping sick kids at home.”

A Curry Community Health report recently noted it is not too late to be vaccinated against the flu.

To find the nearest flu vaccine provider, call 800-723-3638.

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