Flu Epidemic Keeps Kids from Perfect Attendance Awards

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At the end of the year, kids pick up awards in math, English and for the most exact students, perfect attendance. But, according to Today Health, many students won't even get have a shot at the recognition this year. Schools across the country have decided to remove the perfect attendance award because so many students—and teachers—have had to stay home due to the flu epidemic.

Round Meadow Elementary in Hidden Hills, California, is one of those schools. Under normal circumstances, Round Meadow has very strict criteria for perfect attendance: no absences, no lates and no early singouts. But school officials are considering canceling the perfect attendance award for the 2013-14 school year. Many, many students have already been sick this year and principal Jeremy Resnick wants to discourage parents from sending sick kids to school, though it seems some parents still do. For now, Principal Resnick isn't cancelling the award but he wants to make it a little less glamorous than in previous years so as not to tempt sick kids.

Of course, school attendance is important and kids should go as long as it's safe to. The Center for Disease Control advises people to stay home as long as their fever stays below 100 degrees without medication for at least 24 hours.

Some schools hope they can motivate healthy-enough students to come to school by still giving out attendance awards, but for good attendance (maybe 95 percent) rather than perfect attendance.

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