Mysterious Pattern of Student Absences
The unusual spike in absences is around the 19th of May through the 26th of May for the band class of both Truman and Jackson Middle Schools. Truman held battle of the bands with Jackson on the 19th of May. Students began missing school after this event. With both schools having a spike almost the exact same time after this event where they are both together indicates one of the school’s students contracted what seems to be the flu bug. The symptoms are that of having the flu. It also may indicate a food poisoning if there was a carry in for the students to eat after or before the event took place. Hypotheses:
1. Flu was spread from one school to the other during a school event. It is evident that both schools band class had a spike in absences during the same time and it is the time that both schools band class were together for an event at Truman school. 2. Possible food poisoning from a carry in that the students had eaten either before or after the event. The same as above; it is evident that both schools band class had a spike in absences during the same time and it is the time that both schools band class were together for an event at Truman school. Testable questions:
1. Did any of the students share their instruments? (Test if this is how the sickness spread) 2. Were any of the students not feeling well during this event? (Test if the sickness was present during the school event) 3. Did any students complain of having a headache? (Same test as #2) 4. What did each student do during the weekend before the school event? (Test where the sickness came from) 5. Was there a carry-in for students to eat during or after the school event? (Test possible food poisoning) 6. Was there a carry-in of drinks for students and if so where did the drinks come from? (Test possible poisoning of bad drinks)
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