Springfield public schools have seen higher than normal absences in the past week. The district won't say if the absences are related to the flu, but local health officials say they are seeing more cases in the area.
District 186 reported last week, about 9 percent of students missed class. The number was higher at Springfield High, where nearly 11 percent of students were out. Lanphier had 14 percent absent.
Alternative programs in the district had the highest percentage of student absences.
The district is advising students to wash their hands. The district's website offers parents information on when to keep kids home from school.