DeKalb County Schools To Be Closed Tuesday and Wednesday Due To Sickness

January 29, 2007
Dwayne Page

DeKalb County Schools will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday because of flu like sickness among students and teachers

Higher than normal absentee rates at each of the schools had been recorded last week, but apparently not high enough to close schools. However Monday, it was a different story.

Director of Schools Mark Willoughby says the overall student attendance rate Monday was 78%, when it is normally around 96% at the elementary schools and 94% at the high school.

The following are the numbers of students absent at each school Monday:

DCHS- 210 (attendance rate 70%)
DeKalb Middle- 104 (attendance rate 79%)
DeKalb West-87 (attendance rate 79%)
Northside Elementary- 100 (attendance rate 80%)
Smithville Elementary-116 (attendance rate 80%)

Willoughby says there is justification for closing schools when overall attendance falls below 80%.

Willoughby says closing schools for a couple of days will hopefully keep the sickness from spreading and give those who are sick more time to rest and recover.

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