30 Percent of Rhinelander School Sick, Prompting Friday School Closure

By: WSAW Staff Email
By: WSAW Staff Email

Pelican Elementary School in Rhinelander will be closed Friday, Dec. 13 due to the high incidence of a variety of illnesses among students and staff. The school district said the two main illnesses emerging are gastrointestinal and upper respiratory with fever.

The Oneida County Health Department tells NewsChannel 7, 295 students attend the school, and approximately 30 percent are ill. The Superintendent for School District of Rhinelander said the school houses students 4K- third grade. The percentage of those ill does not include a number of staff members who are also ill.

The school will reopen on Monday December 16. The Rhinelander School District said all co-curricular activities are canceled in conjunction with this school closure.

Any individuals with influenza-like illness (fever with a cough or sore throat) or gastrointestinal symptoms (nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea) should stay home and not go into the community, except to seek medical care. Ill individuals should remain home for 48 hours after their symptoms have subsided.

School closure is important to reduce contact among children and stop the spread of the illness. Many students and their families are sick. During this time, both children and adults should stay away from other people and groups as much as possible. They should not gather in other locations such as stores, movie theaters or community gatherings.

The Oneida County Health Department offers these tips to stop the spread of illness:
• Drink plenty of liquid (juice, water)
• Keep the sick person as comfortable as possible. Rest is important
• For fever, sore throat and muscle aches, use ibuprofen (Motrin) or Acetaminophen (Tylenol). Do not use Aspirin with children or teenagers; it can cause Reye’s syndrome, a life-threatening illness.
• Be sure everyone in your home washes their hands frequently.
• Keep the people who are sick away from the people who are not sick.

The closure is only for Pelican Elementary School.

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