It looks like a major flu bug has hit Meridian Public Schools. Hundreds of local students stayed home from school Wednesday. There were a total of 210 students absent from school.
School officials noticed the increase of students getting sick over a three-day period.
At least eighty students were out at Northwest Junior High School. And once school began Wednesday, 30 or 40 more students checked out because they complained of flu-like symptoms.
Northwest principal John Bowen says this is an overwhelming number of students. He said the staff is doing what it can to control the spread of illness.
Sheila Walker, a tenth grade English teacher at Meridian High School, is also a registered nurse. Twelve students were absent from her class Wednesday. They complained of sneezing, runny noses, and vomiting. Walker said she sprays disinfectant often and encourages her students to take preventative measures.
"Caution the kids about good hand washing, that they need to wash their hands," advised Walker. "They also need to cover their mouths and noses when they sneeze or cough."
Some of the most common symptoms of the flu are high fever, head and muscle aches, chills, extreme tiredness and a dry cough.