Flu update: 3 schools closed (none in West Seattle)

Couple of updates since the last addition to our ongoing flu story (we will launch a new one tomorrow for any updates during the day): The city of Seattle has added extra resources to its home page, including a special section about the flu; see it here. The city also has joined with Seattle Public Schools in the announcement of three schools (NOT in West Seattle) now closing for at least a week because of flu concerns, and asking that students from those schools be kept at home. Here are the latest announcements (and a map of those three schools’ locations):

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First, here’s the district’s announcement that Madrona K-8, Stevens Elementary, and Aki Kurose Middle School are the three schools now closed.

Mayor Greg Nickels, Seattle Schools Superintendent Dr. Maria L. Goodloe-Johnson and Public Health Director Dr. David Fleming today urged parents to keep children at home if their schools are closed due to possible swine flu.

City, school and public health officials strongly discourage parents from dropping off kids at libraries, community centers or other public facilities. The virus is spread person-to-person, mainly through the coughs and sneezes of sick people. It is important that kids stay home to avoid the risk of spreading infection.

“Bringing children to public libraries, community centers or other public facilities defeats the purpose of closing schools,” said Nickels. “We understand that keeping kids at home presents child-care challenges for some families, but we’re asking the community to work together for the safety of our children and others.”

“We’re closing schools out of an abundance of caution,” said Fleming. “The purpose is to reduce the risk for the infection to spread quickly in a close network, which is why it’s important that these same people don’t gather in different locations. If your child is from a closed school, please help protect him or her and the community by not dropping them off at community centers or libraries.”

“We continue to work closely with public health officials and follow their recommendations which are made in the best interest of our students,” said Goodloe-Johnson. “Resuming our normal activities will take all of us doing our part – that includes keeping children at home and supporting families in our community to quickly find good arrangements for children whose schools are closed.”

6 Replies to "Flu update: 3 schools closed (none in West Seattle)"

  • AD April 30, 2009 (11:15 pm)

    I’m a sub in the SPS district. You would not believe how many calls I’ve been getting since last night. Mostly from pregnant teachers.

  • AD April 30, 2009 (11:33 pm)

    To clarify my last post… I’m getting a lot of calls from pregnant teachers because they don’t want to become infected, not because they are currently sick.

  • cmc May 1, 2009 (7:47 am)

    Yes, I am pregnant and have been subbing but decided it may be prudent to take a break for a couple of weeks. Better safe than sorry……there’s no good info on how safe the anti-virals are for pregnant women.

  • AD May 1, 2009 (8:48 am)

    cmc, Yeah, stay safe! You know how many different germy envirnoments we’re exposed to as a sub. I get sick all the time even though I sanitize classooms (sometimes I bring my own clorox wipes), wash hands, try to avoid touching face. I usually even start the day with a reminder to students to “cover their cough/sneeze,” but the younger kids often sneeze or cough in my face. I wish there were sinks in every classroom so the kids could more easily wash their hands instead of using the sanitizers.

  • cmc May 1, 2009 (8:54 am)

    Thanks AD! :)

  • cc May 1, 2009 (12:04 pm)

    My kids go to Higland Park Elementary and there are sinks in every classroom. I just went and dropped of a bunch of hand sanitizers to my girls classrooms and antibacterial hand soap to keep the little ones as sanitized as possible in a closed in germ lab like a school. I have talked to two parents with babies at home who have kept their school kids home today. And one asked the principal for enough work for next week because shes keeping her 3 school aged kids home next week to. I didnt want to do that but would love to hear others thoughts on the subject.

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