128 students out sick at Hickory Woods Elementary

(WXYZ) - A major wave of illness has hit an elementary school in the Walled Lake School District. 

School officials sent a letter out to parents saying that 128 students were out sick Wednesday at Hickory Woods Elementary. 

They were told it was due to various illnesses and while it was a high number of students, the district did not cancel any after school programs.

The principal asks that parents do not send their children to school if they're not feeling well.

A company will be coming in to clean all desktops, chairs and touch points like door knobs and drinking fountains.

Read the full letter below: 


March 5, 2014

Dear Hickory Woods Elementary Families:

I am writing to inform you that we have 128 students out sick today. While that is a large number of students, all academic before and after school programs and events will proceed.

To help prevent any further spread of germs please consider the following:

  1. Do not send your child to school if he/she is not feeling well.
  2. Ask your child to thoroughly wash his/her hands after using the toilet and before eating.
  3. Remind your child to cover his/her mouth and nose with a tissue when he/she sneezes and coughs, and dispose of used tissues properly. 
  4. Check with your doctor about immunizations that may prevent illnesses.

As a preventative measure, Enviro-Clean employees will thoroughly clean all desktops, desk chairs, cafeteria tables, and all touch points including door knobs, and drinking fountains as they have since learning of these illnesses.

The WLCSD Administration and the Oakland County Health officials are aware of this.

I will inform you further if this situation changes. As always, please feel free to contact me at 248-956-2600, if you have questions or concerns.


Dr. Patricia Werner


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