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;

More in Local News

Inslee’s budget solves school funding with help from carbon

His budget would use reserves to boost education, then replenish them with a carbon tax or fee.

Man, 29, injured by shots fired at Everett thrift store

The gunfire followed an argument in the parking lot of Value Village on Evergreen Way.

Police: He made an appointment, then tried to rob the bank

A lawyer is accused of donning a fake beard and telling a teller that a gunman was outside.

Lynnwood robbery leads to lockdown at Edmonds schools

Edmonds police said it was just a precaution as they search around Edmonds-Woodway High School.

Marysville 7-Eleven hit by armed robbers

Officers set up a perimeter and brought in a police dog, but the man couldn’t be found.

In adult court, four teens plead not guilty to murder

Prosecutors allege they worked together to plan and execute a drug robbery in Everett.

2 women struck, injured while crossing busy roads

The first happened Wednesday night in Everett. The second was Thursday morning in Edmonds.

Suspected escort charged with felony assault, robbery

She allegedly told police she shot the man in the head “because he was performing (a sex act) wrong.”

Lives were on the line

After an estimated 350K emergency calls over 35 years, dispatcher Steve Williams is set to retire.

Most Read