WEYMOUTH — A Catholic elementary school in Weymouth was open today even though 40 percent of the students were out sick Tuesday.
About 10 percent of the students continue to be absent at the six public schools in Hingham, and absenteeism was reported higher than normal in Scituate, too. The cause most frequently cited: flu-life symptoms.
At St. Francis Xavier School in Weymouth, about 160 of the 397 students were absent Tuesday, said the principal, Sister Teresa Vesey. The school has children from kindergarten through 8th grade.
In a letter to parents posted on the school Web site, school nurse Lisa Stieb said there are a number of “influenza-like illness cases,” with several physician-confirmed cases of H1N1, or swine flu. She urged parents to keep sick children at home.http://www.tauntongazette.com/education/x1972889765/160-students-out-sick-at-Weymouth-private-school