Sickness closes Meriden school for the week


MERIDEN, Conn. (WTNH) — A Meriden school has decided to close for the rest of the week as the absentee rate has increased over the past 10 days.

St. Joseph School on West Main Street has had a 26 percent absentee rate for three days and that follows seven days where the absentee rate was over 10 percent.

According to the school, students have been showing signs of cold, flu, pneumonia, strep and high temperatures with no other symptoms. 

“Not everybody has the same thing. We have a number of children who have been confirmed by their doctors who have pneumonia, a few that have the flu, we have a number that have had just coughing and viruses and different things,” said St. Joseph School Principal Katherin Sniffin.

The school says the illnesses are not unique to their school.  Other schools are also being impacted but since St. Joseph’s is a small school the absentee rate is high. According to the school other middle schools have reported at least 75 absentees.

The school also says pediatricians in town are turning people away because there have been so many sick patients.

The school will reopen on Monday morning.

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