Schools will not close for Swine Flu - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/7/09

Schools will not close for Swine Flu

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By Cassie Hataway | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Whatever you do, try not to close schools - that was the advice from the CDC Friday, as they issued new guidelines in anticipation of a spike in the Swine Flu this fall.

Friday's guidelines also include a "Plan B" if the virus comes back even stronger than expected.  The CDC says it is not recommending extra cleaning among schools, but it does suggest having extra masks on hand to isolate sick students or staff if the Swine Flu shows up at school and then send them home. "It is now clear that closure of schools is rarely indicated, even if H1N1 is in the school," said Tom Frieden, CDC director.

Officials now recommend sick students stay home only one day after they're well not a whole week  unless the virus gets worse. In that case, kids with chronic illnesses or sick family members may also have to stay home. 

Other suggestions from the CDC schools may screen students for flu symptoms and send them home. They also said to move desks in the classroom further apart and even hold classes outside in some situations to prevent the virus from spreading. 

The bottom line is public health officials say they have every reason to believe that this round of the Swine Flu will be annoying, but not life-threatening.

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