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A quarter of Steamboat middle-schoolers absent today

— More than a quarter of Steamboat Springs Middle School students are home sick today.

Steamboat Springs School District Superintendent Shalee Cunningham said 133 students, or 26 percent of the middle school’s student body, were out of class Monday. That includes 110 students whose parents called them in sick and 23 who were sent home from school. Cunningham said the school would not be closed.

Soda Creek and Strawberry Park elementary schools and Steamboat Springs High School did not have students absent at the same rate as the middle school, Cunningham said.

“We’re not really going to overreact or act on this until we get some more numbers this week,” she said.

Cunningham said many students reported being tired after the weekend. She added only one or two teachers were absent from the middle school, which led the district to think it may be something other than H1N1 flu.

Visiting Nurse Association nurse Dot Haberlan, who oversees health services for Routt County’s public schools, said students were out for a variety of reasons, including flu, strep throat, sinus infections, and head and chest colds.

Cunningham said students who feel up to it can access their class lesson plans and homework online. She said a discussion about closing schools won’t occur until at least 30 percent of students are absent.

On Friday, 6 percent of students were absent from Soda Creek, 7 percent were absent from Strawberry Park, 7 percent were absent from the middle school and 4 percent were absent from the high school.