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Boone Co. students battling illness

By Bernard Watson - email

FLORENCE, KY (FOX19) - The Boone County School District is trying to reassure parents after hundreds of students have been calling in sick.

The district says its custodial staff has thoroughly cleaned the building and students and teachers are being encouraged to constantly wash their hands.

About one fourth of the students at Ryle High School in Union called in sick on Wednesday.

"People are nervous about getting swine flu," said student Tessa Arnold.

However, school officials also say this is not an H1N1 outbreak, and things should return to normal soon.

"The students have a temporary virus that is 24 to 48 hours in nature and starting to return back to school," said Boone County Superintendent Randy Poe. "We have taken all the necessary precautions."

"A lot of the teachers have us wiping down everything with Clorox," said Arnold. "And we're always washing our hands."

Despite the massive sickout, Poe says the sick students wont miss a thing.

"We have been working with the parents of the individual children and making sure they have the necessary learning online to move forward," he said.

The district says it expects attendance levels to return to normal within the next couple of days, but encouraging parents to their kids home if they are sick, so no one else gets infected.

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