The Northside and North East ISDs are both reporting an unusual number of staff absences in the two-days since returning from their holiday breaks. NISD officials say nearly 13-hundred teachers and staff called in sick or absent on Monday, and more than 13-hundred on Tuesday. NEISD reports about 700 absences each two day. Student absences were about 16-percent in NISD, and 15-percent in NEISD. Officials say some student absences may have been pandemic-related, and others may have been because of freezing temps.