Nearly 1 in 7 students out sick at Lake Stevens elementary school

LAKE STEVENS — Nearly one out of every seven students from Sunnycrest Elementary School stayed home sick Monday.

A total of 96 students from the school of 687 students were absent, said Arlene Hulten, a Lake Stevens School District spokeswoman. Of those, 28 students reportedly had flu-like symptoms that included vomiting, 62 had cold symptoms and six were on vacation.

Schools must notify the Snohomish Health District on days when 10 percent of their student body is absent, said health district spokeswoman Suzanne Pate. A school nurse notified the health district of the day’s absenteeism because it exceeded the 10 percent benchmark, Hulten said.

Pate said no other school had reported such high numbers of absenteeism Friday and Monday.

A classroom was thoroughly cleaned over the weekend after several students became sick Friday morning, Hulten added. At that time, less than 10 percent of the students were home sick.

School principal Tim Haines sent a letter home with students Monday reminding parents and students to wash their hands and to stay home from school if they have cold or flu symptoms.

“It’s flu season and we’re doing all we can to keep it down,” Hulten said.

Amy Daybert: 425-339-3491; adaybert@heraldnet.com.

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