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Flu cases cancel classes in Crocker schools, shutter city council session
CROCKER, Mo. (Oct. 13, 2009) — The Crocker office of the Pulaski County Public Health Department is where area residents can go to get their flu shots, but that community has also been hit by a series of flu cases so numerous that the school district has shut down classes for the rest of the week and the city council has cancelled its session tonight because too many aldermen need to stay home with sick children.

Crocker R-I School District bookkeeper Stephanie Knudsen said 170 of the district’s 540 students called in sick on Tuesday with flu-like symptoms, along with seven teachers. Rather than trying to hold classes with large numbers of students and teachers unavailable, district officials decided today to cancel classes until next week Monday.

That will require making up three days of school. Knudsen said district officials have announced that they will hold classes on Veterans Day and on the morning of Oct. 30, which had been planned for a parent-teacher conference day. Those conferences will continue to be held, but not during the morning hours.

Other area school district officials said they have no plans to cancel classes and most said they haven’t seen an unusually high number of flu cases.

Dixon R-I School District officials said they aren’t aware of any flu cases in the district. Waynesville R-VI School District and Laquey R-V School District officials said they didn’t have a total number of flu cases available but did not believe they were significant. Plato R-V School District officials said they do have flu cases in their district, but the number of Tuesday was less than the number on Monday and they have no plans to cancel classes.

One exception is the Richland R-IV School District where the school secretary, Lisa York, said they’ve had about 20 flu cases in the junior high and high school; numbers of affected elementary students weren’t immediately known. However, York said the Richland district has no plans to cancel its classes.

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