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RHINELANDER (WAOW) -- Rhinelander School officials say so many students at Crescent Elementary School are absent due to illness Friday that the school is voluntarily closing.
This is the second elementary school in the district dealing with illness. Pelican Elementary called off classes on Thursday.
District leaders say symptoms include nausea, vomiting, headache, and fever.
The school contacted Crescent Elementary parents to let them know that children could be picked up, even if they're not sick. Students who cannot be picked up will take the bus home at the end of the day, according to the district.
This day will not count against the student's 10 excused days, said a news release.
Pelican Elementary School in Rhinelander is also 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 20 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.
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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