Pathfinder cancels evening program at school as a “precaution” against swine flu

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    Just received an automated phone call from the school that this evening’s Multicultural celebration would be canceled/rescheduled as a “precaution” against spreading the Swine flu . . . although the recording also said they have “no reason to suspect anyone at the school has been exposed” and they had decided just to be “proactive”.

    Or reactive? Discuss amongst yourselves. :-)



    well this post might get yanked but my cynical nature asks can you spell ‘lawsuit’ or ‘liability’?



    You know, I have mixed feelings about the importance of real-time information and media exposure to issues like this – and how that can verge sometimes on manufactured hysteria. Last night’s news report had the officials saying that there was no concern at Madrona K-8 because of the timing of the case and how it was handled, etc. but then this morning the school is closed for a week. I’m not saying that’s the case with this particular decision, or the decision at Pathfinder, I’m just really curious to see what unfolds in the next 24-48 hours.



    I just got off the phone with the principal at Pathfinder and he confirmed the postponement of tonight’s event. We’ll have some more info on that as the day progresses.



    and therein lies a big problem for this country…we overreact at times (some will argue that it’s better than underacting). When it comes to things like this, common sense seems to go out the window. People really need to be aware of what is truth, and what is simply rumor, innuendo, hearsay. Take care of yourself…be proactive, wash your hands more than you ever have..and, please, please, if you are ill, coughing, sniffling, have someone else do your errands, and your grocery shopping, etc.

    Is postponing the Pathfinder program warranted? I can’t second guess them, but the term “kneejerk reaction” comes to mind…oh, well…just my .02



    I thought some more about this and my guess is that it was cancelled because there were going to be many people/groups coming from all different parts of the city and it was to be a potluck, with people bringing food prepared at home. Postponing the event with those elements in mind makes a little more sense to me.



    Swine flu still hasn’t even taken as many people as the common flu has this year.

    Still, I’m in favor of anything that gets people to wash their hands more frequently.

    But depriving a community of a good pot luck meal? That’s horrible.

    I’m so conflicted!

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