WILLIAMSPORT -- The parents of students at Williamsport Elementary School this week received a letter from school officials warning of an increased rate of absenteeism due to flu-like symptoms, Washington County Public Schools spokesman Richard Wright said Wednesday.
Forty-eight of the school's students were listed as absent Monday, the day the letter was sent home with students, Wright said. That number dropped to 38 Wednesday.
Williamsport Elementary has 501 students, according to the school's Web site.
Wright said lab results were unavailable to confirm whether the absences were linked to H1N1 flu, which also is known as swine flu.
"Most physicians are assuming it's swine flu if someone gets sick," Wright said. "As far as it being H1N1, we have no way of knowing."