Sick Students Create Classroom Absence

It's an ear ache, a cough, or fever. But it's enough your children don't want to go to school.

Teachers say it's effecting class work.

Cold and flu season is here, and one Whitman Elementary School classroom, we found that three students were out today. And teachers say it's effecting them.

Mrs Wendy Hanson teaches second graders and for sixteen years, she's tried to have perfect attendance. But she's been absent two days this year, along with several students.

"A lot of them had colds and fluids coming out them and throwing up and everything you can imagine," she said.

Today, three students are out sick.

"We experience a lot of throw ups we experience a lot of nose running and earaches and stomach aches and so it's an ongoing thing," she said.

"Let's take a listen, lets listen to your baby first," said Dr. Runako Whittaker, as she began a toddler's exam.

Whittaker opened her new pediatric office in Westview Clinic today. So, she's welcoming sick patients--zero to 18 years. Here's what she is expecting, "A lot of upper respiratory infections, common colds, cough, runny noses sneezing."

Fever is a red flag. Keep your children home, until it goes away.

"Watch their temperature and as soon as they have not had a fever for 24 hours without the use of medicine, they can go back to school and also if there symptoms, particularly coughs. Those can be disruptive to a child's day to day activity and interrupt their performance at school," Whittaker said.

Once they are well, and back in class. parents send some extra hand cleanser, or even Kleenex. Teachers need that to keep classrooms clean and germ free.

And don't forget the make up work.

Parents remember, if your child brings medicine to school, take it to the nurse.