TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – A Wabash Valley school corporation is looking into why a high percentage of student absences were not reported to the health department right away.

Vigo County School Superintendent Rob Haworth says twenty-one percent of Honey Creek Middle schoolers were out of class last Friday.

At the school board meeting Monday night, Haworth explained schools are required to report to the health department anytime twenty percent or more students are absent. For some reason, that was not done Friday.

Haworth says he found out about the issue Monday morning at it has since been reported to the health department.

Haworth says, “We’re looking into what broke down in our communications system and we’re also investigating to see what’s the cause of that twenty-one percent. Were they all health-related or were there other issues that affected that twenty-one percent?”

He adds a delayed start to school may have contributed.

Also at the meeting, the board approved a proposal with Wellness for Life on Integrated Mechanical Care. It means physical therapy services can now be offered at the clinic used by district employees.

Superintendent Haworth says it will cost the district six dollars per member but will save money in the long run. He says unused space in the clinic will need to be converted but he hopes services will be ready by the fall.

The board also approved a measure to collect conflict of interest statements yearly. This means employees, primarily administrators, will need to disclose relationships with other employees each January. Haworth says it is important for the community to know about any potential conflicts of interest.

The next school board meeting is Monday, April 8th at 6 pm at the administration building.

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