Fairfield High School dealing with an increase number of absences

Published: Sep. 15, 2021 at 2:06 AM CDT
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FAIRFIELD, Iowa (KYOU) - According to the Covid-19 Dashboard provided on the Fairfield School District website, on Thursday, September 9th student absences in the high school increased to 16.3% and dropped to 15.72% as of Monday, September 13th.

A total of 28 of those absences on Monday were Covid related.

Fairfield High School Principal, Brian Stone, says the percentages of those absences aren’t based solely on illness.

“Whether they have a chiropractor appointment or they’ve got an ortho appointment, all that stuff starts to impact our rate and we handle it in the same capacity as we have in the past,” says Stone.

Jennifer Hamilton, a resident in the area believes the increase is due to the governor’s mask mandate ban and was satisfied with the recent overruling of that ban.

“This all could have been totally prevented for having a mask mandate take place for our public schools, I mean this is protecting children,” Hamilton says.

Superintendent Dr. Laurie Noll released a statement on the overrule and says “our school board will discuss covid mitigation plans at the September board meeting.”

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