Dozens of students, staff out sick at Glendale/River Hills schools

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GLENDALE (WITI) -- It's not unusual for an occasional bug to cut into class attendance this time of year. But the Glendale/River Hills School District has been hit especially hard.

160 kids were out sick on Tuesday, December 16th -- that's more than 15 percent of the student population. About 80 of the illnesses came on the elementary side of things -- another 80 from the middle school. There were even more students out on Monday.

"We're kind of worried just because there were so many kids that were sick and teachers as well," said Carol Glaser, a parent.

School officials say they thought of cancelling classes altogether, but decided to push through the rest of the week -- then it's Christmas break.

"Eating a lot of oranges for Vitamin C and I've been washing my hands more often," said Nevaeh Silverman, student.

The school will be ready when the students return. The superintendent says each year over the winter break, the district brings in a special cleaning crew.

Whatever the illness is that's sweeping the school district, officials say it appears to be tapering off.

Officials with the bus system the school district uses also say they are aware of a high number of sick students.


  • jacob goren

    I was watching channel 15 in Madison Wisconsin this evening. They are your news partner here. I was shocked to hear in the story, and find duplicated here on channel 6’s website, that you refer to Christmas break in the story. Having grown up on the North Shore, I can guarantee you that they do not refer to it as such on the school calendar. I would guess that there are very few if any public school districts left in Wisconsin that refer to it as Christmas break or Christmas vacation. It saddens me greatly that a professional journalist could do something like this. Do you have a personal agenda on this issue?

  • Derrick

    Settle down Jacob, “a personal agenda?” Really? “It saddens me greatly…” Really? If that saddens you greatly I would hate to see what saddens you in everyday life. I’m an Atheist and I don’t care if they call it, Christmas break, holliday break, or winter break. 140 some children gunned down maliciously, that, saddens me greatly and is worth talking about, not someone using the term Christmas break.

    Ps. Sorry for the rant.

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