UPDATE: 2nd northern Wis. school closed by illness

UPDATED Friday, December 13, 2013 --- 5:33 p.m.

RHINELANDER, Wis. (AP) -- A second elementary school in Rhinelander is closing because of an outbreak of sickness.

Officials say so many students at Crescent Elementary School are absent due to illness that the school is voluntarily closing Friday. The district says symptoms include nausea, vomiting, headache and fever.

WAOW-TV reports it's the second elementary school in the district dealing with illness. Pelican Elementary also is closed Friday because of illnesses among students and staff.

Crescent Elementary contacted parents to let them know that children could be picked up, even if they're not sick. Students who cannot be picked up will take the bus home at the end of the day.

The day will not count against the student's 10 excused days.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press


Posted Thursday, December 12, 2013 --- 3:24 p.m.

RHINELANDER, Wis. (AP) -- An outbreak of illnesses is prompting a northern Wisconsin elementary school to call off classes.

Pelican Elementary School in Rhinelander will be closed Friday because of a variety of illnesses among students and staff. The school district says the two main illnesses are gastrointestinal and upper respiratory with fever.

The Oneida County Health Department tells WSAW-TV that about 30 percent of the school's 295 students are sick. That percentage does not include a number of staff members who also are ill.

The school will reopen on Monday.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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