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Pelican Elementary in Rhinelander closed Friday due to illness


Pelican Elementary School in Rhinelander will be closed Friday and through the weekend because of illnesses among students and staff.

 The two main illnesses affecting them are gastrointestinal and upper respiratory with fever, according to a district statement.

 The school district nurse said more than twenty percent of students were absent Thursday due to illness. 

She said illnesses spread quickly at school because so many people are close together.

 The school is emphasizing ways to stay healthy, like proper hand washing, drinking enough water, and getting rest. 

The school district nurse says they are asking parents to keep children out of school for 48 hours after symptoms are gone. 

School leaders say all co-curricular activities are canceled due to this school closure. 

The district says Pelican School will reopen Monday.

 All other schools in the district will remain open Friday.

 For more information, you can call your health care provider or contact the Oneida County Health Department at 715-369-6111.

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