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Sep 27, 2012 11:25 PM by Robin O'Day - KPAX News

Sickness mostly gone, Florence kids back to school

FLORENCE- Dozens of Florence students were home sick with flu-like symptoms at this time last week, but Superintendent John McGee says this week students are feeling better and are back in class.

Around 35 students, mostly from the elementary school called out sick or went home early last Thursday, but McGee says attendance is now back up, right where it typically is.

He says this bug was especially tough to diagnose because the smoke from the surrounding wildfires was making everyone feel sick.

McGee says it could have made the illness spread more easily from one child to the next if outside activities continued.

"Germs in the area and not getting the kids outdoors like we normally would. They are in close proximity and we're having recess in the hallways instead of the playground and there's a better chance for germs to spread amongst each other," McGee explained.

He added that officials still aren't sure just what the sickness was. Last March, the norovirus cancelled school for Florence Carlton students for two days.

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