Increased Excused Absences At Richwoods

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As the weather worsens, local schools expect excused absences to increase because of illnesses.

However, Monday was out of the ordinary, according to Peoria Public Schools Director of Communications Chris Coplan.

“Monday, Richwoods (High School) had approximately 205 students with excused absences,” Coplan said. “We are monitoring it and making sure the district takes appropriate action. We want them to be well and ready to learn.”

According to Coplan, some were diagnosed with a really bad cold, others strep throat or the flu.

Other schools within the district also experienced an uptick in absences, but not to that extreme.

“Nurses are sending out messages reminding our staff to wipe down and make sure surfaces are santitized,” Coplan said. “Hand sanitizer is available for students.”

Coplan recommends sick students stay home and “get as well as soon as possible.”

Some students returned, with 162 students out on Tuesday and 178 on Wednesday.

Coplan says the recent increase in absences at Richwoods is not as significance as an increase in absences at the end of the 2016-17 school year.

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