Thursday, January 25, 2001

Illness may temporarily close Turkeyfoot Jr. High

By Patrick Stack
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Kenton County school officials might temporarily close Turkeyfoot Junior High School in Edgewood after 28 percent of the school's 700 students were absent or went home sick Wednesday.

        Students going home sick were reporting symptoms including stomach aches, sinus problems and coughing, said Cindy Collins, district nurse for Kenton County Schools.

        Six to 10 of the children showed high fevers, but the school has not confirmed any cases of influenza, she said.

        Assistant Superintendent Tim Hanner said absenteeism due to illness is always higher in the winter months.

        But Turkeyfoot had a higher percentage of students absent than other district schools, with more than 175 out.

        The school had 25 percent of students absent Tuesday, he said.

        “If (attendance) gets too bad, we'll consider closing down,” he said.

        The administration has no definite timeline for any school closing and will continue to monitor the situation, he said.

        The Northern Kentucky Health Department has not received any confirmed reports of influenza in the area, and the flu season usually begins around February, said Peggy Patterson, public health information manager.


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