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.

Just Posted

COMMUTER ALERT: Serious pedestrian crash closes Pacific Highway

Traffic along 176th Street, 4th to 8th Avenue, is blocked while Mounties continue to investigate.

B.C. Sports Hall of Fame to give Giants owner Ron Toigo W.A.C. Bennett Award

Head of Langley-based team has been involved with junior hockey since the 1990s

VIDEO: Young Langley boy uses his grief to help other kids suffering loss

Thursday Langley Hospice hosts its Paint the Town Blue campaign to spotlight child bereavement.

No charges against cop accused of stuffing money into sock during search

BC Prosecution Service says not enough evidence against Abbotsford officer

‘Scrap-metal sweetie’ makes Langley centrefold

Most pictures in Langley’s 2019 firefighters’ calendar feature members with their own pets.

People flocking to Vancouver Island city to see hundreds of sea lions

Each year the combination of Steller and California sea lions take over Cowichan Bay

Protesters confront Environment Minister in B.C.

Protesters wanting more for killer whales confront Catherine McKenna

Humans reshaping evolutionary history of species around the globe: paper

University of British Columbia researcher had the paper published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society

Toronto ‘carding’ activist Desmond Cole stopped by police in Vancouver

Cole says his experience reveals what daily life is like for black and Indigenous residents

Tubing, skating, light display part of new winter festival in Vancouver

Set to open Nov. 23, the six-week festival will take over Vancouver’s Concord Pacific Centre

Commercial trucks banned from left lane of Coquihalla

B.C.’s Ministry of Transportation has introduced a new program that hopes to prevent accidents and closures on the Coquihalla Highway.

B.C. on track to record same number of overdose deaths as last year

128 people died of overdoses in September, bringing the total to more than 1,100 so far in 2018

B.C. firefighters rescue horse stuck in mud

‘It happens more often than you’d think,’ says deputy chief

Regulatory confusion over ‘toxic’ stink near Abbotsford school

Officials sniffing out which regulators responsible for enforcing compliance at neighbouring property

Most Read