While several school systems across the region have closed to combat the spread of the flu, Dickson County schools have yet to see an across-the-board increase in absenteeism that would prompt such action. Director Dr. Danny Weeks said there have been a few schools that have seen a slight bump in the number of students missing days, but nothing out of the ordinary system-wide. “We have had pockets of illness at a couple of schools, but nothing at this time which would make us consider anything system-wide,” Weeks said in an email. He said absenteeism at a few schools has run as high as 8 percent, which is slightly higher than normal. Weeks said the system has established goals of 95 percent for elementary schools and 93 percent for secondary schools as “normal attendance expectations.” Humphreys County schools are closed the rest of this week while Perry County schools were closed Monday and Tuesday after absenteeism hit 18 percent. Schools in Overton, Van Buren, Clay, Macon and Stewart counties have all closed at least one day in the last two weeks due to either flu or strep throat outbreaks. The Centers for Disease Control has said this year’s flu season has started earlier than usual and warns parents that a flu vaccine normally takes about two weeks to be fully effective.