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Hundreds of sick Cumberland Valley High School students, absent from school: report

There is no doubt that the flu season is evil, but at Cumberland Valley High School a larger than normal part of the student body was hit hard by it.

The school system confirmed to ABC27 that 600 students were absent on Tuesday, which represents 17% of high school enrollment.

Cumberland Valley Superintendent Dr David Christopeher said in the report, “He’s taller than normal.”

“We normally tend somewhere between 7 and 10 percent on a regular basis, so that’s about twice what we would normally see,” said Christopher.

The students saw the high school nurse for flu or stomach symptoms, Christopher told ABC27.

In his interview, he stressed that “if a child is sick, don’t send it.” High school sent a notification to parents last week.

There was also a “slight increase in absences in other” schools in the Cumberland Valley school district, according to ABC27. Custody staff were informed that they “clean the door handles and perform additional cleaning steps,” confirmed Christopher.

The district’s Facebook page shared tips for preventing the spread of disease on Tuesday.

“We sincerely appreciate your collaboration with us in the health and education of our students,” says the post.

School districts ask that if students have a fever, vomiting or diarrhea or illness during the night, please do not send them to school.

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