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Student absences spike at LAMS

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State officials keeping an eye on the numbers

By Carol A. Clark

School officials continue to keep a watchful eye on the increasing number of students being sent home from Los Alamos Middle School with flu-like symptoms.

Monday the school received 75 additional calls to its absence line.

“We’re determining which of those calls were flu-related and which were for other reasons including wrong numbers,” said John Wolfe, Los Alamos Public Schools business manager this morning. “We want to make everyone aware of the situation and the fact that we are closely monitoring it and will continue to do so throughout the course.”

The superintendent’s office discussed the increasing number of absences this morning with LAMS Principal Donna Grim who’s been in contact with the state, Wolfe said.

The state is monitoring the situation as well, he said, adding that Grim is expecting to receive guidance from the state.

Wolfe also spoke with Dr. Shelley Schoonover of the Los Alamos Children’s Clinic.

“Dr. Schoonover said the Children’s Clinic is seeing students with flu symptoms come in from the middle school,” Wolfe said.

Communications Director Deborah Busemeyer from the New Mexico Epidemiology Office said this morning her office has been in touch with LAMS’ school nurse.


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