District 186 official: Uptick in absences due to illness, far from canceling school

During the upcoming holiday break, the school is planning to do a deep clean of the schools. (WICS)

District 186 is seeing an uptick in absences due to illness, but school officials said they're far from having to close their doors.

Not all the illnesses are flu-related. There have also been reports of stomach viruses and colds.

With some schools in the region closing due to illness, school nurses have started monitoring what symptoms kids have that are out.

If your child is sick, officials said to keep them home.

"If they have a fever, if they have the cough and the sneezing and they can't cover, they can't contain it, if they just really don't feel well, don't feel like being at school then they should be home," District 186 Health Services Coordinator Valerie Rogers said.

When kids are at school, they're encouraged to wash their hands frequently and cover their coughs and sneezes.

During the upcoming holiday break, the school is planning to do a deep clean of the schools.

That's something they do anytime there's an extended break.

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