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Was There a “Giant” Flu Outbreak at Benicia High School?

A significant number of students were absent from Benicia High on Wednesday.

It is unclear why 16 percent of Benicia High School students were absent from school on Halloween though some in the community are speculating it could be a Giant flu outbreak.

According to principal Damon Wright, 263 high school students were absent today, October 31, 2012.  The previous day 60 students were absent.  “You could definitely tell the difference,” said Wright.

Did you have a high school student who didn’t make it to school on Halloween?

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Ari Soglin October 31, 2012 at 11:34 PM
I wonder what attendance will be like tomorrow. In recent years, Benicia did not schedule classes the day after Halloween, but that was changed for this year.
JB Davis (Editor) October 31, 2012 at 11:45 PM
While getting information for a story about school the day after Halloween, one worker in the BMS office said she couldn't remember the last time kids were at school the day after Halloween.
Dalt Williams November 01, 2012 at 04:30 PM
I seriously doubt that many kids involved in the BMS & BHS music program were absent on Nov. 1. They consider school as being important. This is one reason why music is important in the schools. They consider school as their "job." It's all part of attitude training they recieve in music.
JB Davis (Editor) November 01, 2012 at 10:45 PM
I'll check with Mr. Martin and Mr. Walp in the morning.
Barbara Aragon November 02, 2012 at 03:49 AM
On Tuesday, my students told me outright that they would not be coming in Wednesday because they were going to the parade in SF. I wish parents would not allow this.
Babaloo November 02, 2012 at 04:29 AM
"the students in the BMS & BHS music program consider school as being important"....really ? Dalt, this is really a silly statement. many students think school is important, not just these students. foolishness. Sometimes, and I do mean sometimes, it is "important" to spend time away from school. Especially with family. On your deathbed are you gonna say " i went to school after halloween ". i really don't think so. So please open your mind, something maybe learned from an open mind.
JB Davis (Editor) November 02, 2012 at 05:05 AM
I wonder if parents would have a different opinion about taking kids to parades if they knew how much it costs the district. I heard about one enterprising family that made sure their child was in class for attendance, then took the kid to the parade. That way the district didn't lose any state money.
Brett A December 09, 2012 at 04:12 AM
I wonder what the State is going to do with all of the extra money. With all of the schools in Northern CA that had kids attend the celebration....what, several thousand, tens of thousands???? times 30. That's a hefty sum of money that is going to be used for something.

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