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Goshen High School hit hard with illnesses

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - As principal Warren Weeks has to make sure Goshen High School in Pike County is under control, but there are some things that are simply out of his hands.

"We had several days when our absentees were up in the 50s for a school of around 455," said Weeks.

That equates to more than 10% of the student population, thanks to the wicked, nasty flu bug.

January was not an easy month.

"I was out a day and a half," said Weeks.

Students weren't the only ones who called in sick. At one point the school had 9 teachers out with the flu.

"I'm feeling better," said guidance counselor Buffy Lusk.

By her own admission Lusk blamed herself for getting sick, skipping the flu shot for the first time in a long time.

"You can be sure I will get one next time," Lusk said with a laugh.

The flu locked down on other schools last month as well.

Records from the Alabama Department of Education show during the last 5 days of January the Montgomery County school district had more than 6% of its student population out sick, more than 9% for Elmore County and nearly 8% in Autauga County.

"We also had children with double illnesses.. flu and strep throat, too," said Lusk.

Much like many other schools in Alabama, the flu virus hit Goshen High School like a ton of bricks and with it a lesson to remember.

"It doesn't discriminate. We just keep going forward and do what you're supposed to do," said Weeks.

Weeks says the absentee numbers are really starting to come down.

Now comes the fun part for the youngsters.. making up the work they missed.

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