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Sick Vail Valley kids prompt letter from schools

Sarah Mausolf'
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL VALLEY, Colorado – Eagle County school officials sent home letters to parents Friday about an unusually high number of kids out sick at five Vail Valley schools.

Schools with a larger than normal amount of kids out sick this week include Berry Creek Middle School and June Creek Elementary in Edwards, Red Hill and Gypsum elementary schools in Gypsum and Brush Creek elementary in Eagle, district spokesman Matt Earle said.

“The schools will be open but if you’re feeling sick, we’re asking students and staff to stay home,” Earle said.

Each school reported between 21 and 31 students out sick past this week, he said. The numbers are based on a weekly tally of ill students the district conducts each Friday.

Students are out with flu-like illness, Earle said.

Symptoms include a fever of 101 degrees or higher, coughing, sore throat and vomiting, he said. Earle said he is aware of just one diagnosed case of flu: a student at Gypsum Elementary. It is unclear whether the student has seasonal flu or H1N1, he said.

County health officials have previously said that they will only distinguish between seasonal flu and H1N1 in serious cases.

The number of students out sick at the five schools is higher than usual for so early in the fall, Earle said.

Letters went home Friday to parents of students at the five affected schools, telling parents about the rise in kids out with flu-like illness, Earle said. The letter urges parents to make sure sick kids drink plenty of juice and water.

Earlier this week, Vail Mountain School sent a similar e-mail to parents. Forty-two of the school’s 362 students were out sick from school on Thursday, officials said. None of them had confirmed cases of flu.

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