- Associated Press - Friday, January 31, 2020

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - More than a fifth of students at a West Virginia high school have missed classes as illnesses such as the flu and strep throat make the rounds, officials said Friday.

George Washington High School in Charleston had 242 absences Thursday, “some of which could be flu, some strep, some stomach bug, other viruses, or simply students not attending,” said Kanawha County Schools spokeswoman Briana Warner.

She said some parts of the county have also had high numbers of absences.

In an email, Warner said officials have been in contact with principals, nurses and the Kanawha Charleston Health Department.

George Washington High School has 1107 students, she said.

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