rate headed back to normal
If they weren't sick, Platte County R-3 students had
quite an extensive break last week.
With only a little over an inch of snow accumulation
Wednesday night, R-3 students didn't attend classes Thursday
Platte County R-3 Assistant Superintendent Ron Harmon
said cancellations were due primarily to the bitterly
cold wind chill on Thursday and numerous illnesses among
students on Friday.
Area schools have been busy disinfecting buildings in
an effort to battle illnesses.
"We thought this was the opportune time to de-germ
the place," Harmon said. "Instead of bringing
them in with the germs, we decided to give them a chance
to clear out."
Harmon added that last Tuesday the district absentee
rate was 18 percent. The normal absentee rate for the
district is 5 to 6 percent.
Harmon explained those days of missed classes will be
tacked on in May. A school district must be open 175 days,
according to Harmon.
This week the absentee rate has decreased.
R-3 reported a 5 percent absentee rate on Wednesday.
On Monday the absentee rate was at 8 percent.
West Platte R-2 School District has reported a 7 percent
absentee rate this week. According to Kyle Stephenson,
West Platte R-2 superintendent, the state considers a
perfect attendance rate for a district at 95 percent.
"We are running at 93 percent. We would like to
run over 95 percent, but we consider ourselves fortunate,"
Stephenson added last week the district was looking at
a 13 percent absentee rate.
"The three day weekend helped a lot," Stephenson
North Platte R-1 Superintendent Dr. Francis Moran said
his absentee rate has seen a big decline in the past week
but is still significant.
Moran said Tuesday's rate was 11.7 percent. On Monday