Hammond elementary had an unusual number of students absent due to illness this week. (Contributed)

Quarter of students were away sick at Maple Ridge elementary school

Students and teachers at Maple Ridge school away with colds, flu.

Almost a quarter of the students at Hammond elementary in Maple Ridge were sick and absent from school earlier this week.

On Monday, 95 children called in sick, about three or more per class, or about a quarter of the school population of 382.

Seven teachers were off sick the same day, according to reports.

On Tuesady, 69 students were away, and fewer than 50 on Wednesday, when five teachers were absent.

Other local schools may be affected, too.

Baubie Cumiford wrote on Facebook that her son was home sick again Wednesday.

“He said his classes were all half empty yesterday, that he had never seen that many kids away,” at Westview secondary in Maple Ridge.

Pam McCotter wrote that his had two teens sick with a “nasty bug” last week.

“It’s death. Day 3 on couch.”

Irena Pochop, with the Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows school district, said some students at Hammond have colds, while others have flu, and the illnesses are affecting multiple classrooms.

“It wasn’t any one ailment in particular.”

She confirmed the school, in west Maple Ridge, received an enhanced cleaning when the number of absences began to rise at an unusual rate last week.

It got more Monday and Tuesday, with janitorial staff disinfecting door handles, light switches and arm chair rests.

“With enhanced cleaning, a second custodian is sent to the school to focus on the disinfection of high touch points.”

Pochop reminded parents to keep their kids at home when they are sick, for their comfort and the protection of all the other students.

“This is the time of the year when we see a spike in student absences for illness related reasons,” she said.

Another local school, similar in size to Hammond, had 50 students absent Monday, while another had 30.

“These numbers are not unusual for this time of the year,” Pochop said.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Comments are closed

Just Posted

UPDATE: Pedestrian dies after being hit by bus in uptown White Rock

Collision occurred July 3 at North Bluff Road and Johnston Road

Intent of killing at centre of Surrey man’s West Kelowna murder trial

B.C. Supreme Court Justice Allison Beames is anticipated to return with her decision in August

PHOTOS: South Surrey tractor project evokes ‘$1-million smile,’ helps connect neighbours

Retired Surrey firefighter Ron Henze began project for friend’s dad to fill time during pandemic

Surrey man facing charges related to child pornography

Elazar Reshef, 52, has worked in the Delta School District

13 new B.C. COVID-19 cases, Langley Lodge outbreak ends

Health care outbreaks down to four, 162 cases active

Greater Vancouver home sales start to tick up, with prices holding steady

Residential sales last month reached 2,443, a 64.5 per cent jump from May

Langley Lodge’s deadly outbreak declared over

Fraser Health and long-term care home administrator confirm Friday declaration

Alberta health minister orders review into response after noose found in hospital in 2016

A piece of rope tied into a noose was found taped to the door of an operating room at the Grande Prairie Hospital in 2016

B.C.’s major rivers surge, sparking flood warnings

A persistent low pressure system over Alberta has led to several days of heavy rain

B.C.’s Indigenous rights law faces 2020 implementation deadline

Pipeline projects carry on as B.C. works on UN goals

Search continues for person seen floating in Coquihalla River in Hope

Rescuers halted the search Thursday night as darkness fell

‘Mind boggling’: B.C. man $1 million richer after winning Lotto 6/49 a second time

David O’Brien hopes to use his winnings to travel and of course keep playing the lottery

Most Read