Chronic absenteeism evident in Sauk Valley, but it was far worse elsewhere

There was illness, but no area districts approached the 70% rate of the state’s 100 worst in this category

Contact tracer Kathie Whalen scans in a vial from a tester Friday morning at Sterling High School. Because of the surge in positive COVID-19 cases, Sterling Public Schools is trying to hire additional contact tracers to take the burden off existing staff.

School rates

Breakdowns for schools in Sterling, Rock Falls, Dixon


School rates by county

Troy Taylor

Troy E. Taylor

Was named editor for and the Gazette and Telegraph in 2021. An Illinois native, he has been a reporter or editor in daily newspapers since 1989.