Several local school districts are reporting high numbers of absentees due to the flu.
This can affect how much money they collect from the state which is based on how many students attend class each day. In the Sacramento area districts can lose from $29 to $40 for every day a student is out sick.
The numbers add up. The Sacramento Bee reports that the Twin Rivers School District has lost $1.5 million since October 1 when the flu season began. The flu problem comes at a time when districts are also trying to cut down on truancy and absences due to vacations and other reasons. That puts pressure on parents to get their kids to school even when they should stay home.
“Parents are worried about that so they get their kids to school. That just adds to the cycle if illness,” said Carol Williams, whose three children came down with a flu-like illness.
School officials are trying to remind kids to wash and sanitize their hands and practice good hygiene. And they are asking that sick kids stay home until 24 hours after symptoms like fever and nausea have subsided to make sure they’re not contagious.