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Dozens of students at River Road Elementary absent due to sickness

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – Several reports of the cold/flu virus symptoms have been reported at River Road Elementary school over the last two days.

According to the lead nurse, there are children who may be sick for various reasons at any school on any given day. An additional LPN was on duty on Thursday to assist as needed at River Road in the clinic.

Here are the stats for River Road Elementary on Tuesday, Feb. 14 as of 11:30 a.m.:

The school sent out a letter to parents stating:

Parents,

This week our school has been hit pretty hard with sickness. Some classes have had as many as 10 or more absent. Many students have been sent home after they arrived due to vomiting and fever. We have several confirmed cases of the flu and strep throat. A stomach virus is running its course as well.

We are taking every precaution we can to prevent the spread of germs so we can keep these illnesses from further spreading. If your child shows symptoms of being sick, please keep them home. Teachers will be happy to send make-up work home. Students must have no vomiting and be fever free for 24 hours before returning to school.

Thank you for your helping us with this matter.

“Everyone should be mindful that germs exist everywhere in our community, not just at schools (work offices, malls, churches, restaurants),” The Muscogee County School District Director of Communications Valerie Fuller stated.

Parents and employees are reminded to use preventative measures to reduce or eliminate germs by using good hygiene including washing hands with soap and water, covering coughs, not sharing personal items) to help prevent the spread of germs. 

Of course, parents and employees are encouraged to see their physician for any potential illness.

Click here for tips to prevent the spread of germs.

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