Enterprise City School System parents are being encouraged to take part in a seminar about the H1N1 virus.
They'll find out what they need to know to keep their students healthy.
According to school officials, the absentee rate for Enterprise City Schools has been between 14% and 18%.
Nurses are working hard to keep a close eye on those numbers.
"We're asking all of our nurses to call our homes daily and we speak to parents and we try to get a good idea as to what is going on. There are viruses going on, flu, but we want to make sure that we have a good idea what's going on. But the numbers are really hard to track,” says Oveta Pearce, the Federal Programs Director with the Enterprise City Schools.
Public health officials say the best thing a parent can do to protect their child is to stay informed.
"Everything is changing every single day,” says Cyndi Tereszkiewicz, “It is so important to these parents of school age kids because they're one of our target groups."
That's why Enterprise school leaders have organized a seminar for parents.
"They send their most precious asset to us and we want to make sure they're included in the process,” says Pearce.
Cyndi Tereszkiewicz from the Alabama Department of Public Health will touch on subjects like prevention, emergency signs, symptoms, the history of the disease and information on when and where vaccines will be available.
"The presentation's going to be a good educational opportunity for them to get the right information out there and of course on Thursday I will have the updates that the State of Alabama does have as far as numbers,” says Tereszkiewicz.
The seminar will be held at the Service Center Thursday night at 6:30 and organizers say, if you're a parent, you won't want to miss this.
If you have any questions about the H1N1 virus in general you can call the Alabama Department of Public Health flu hotline at 877-377-7285 or you can find them online at www.adph.org