Swine Flu Prompts Hundreds Of Schools To Close Nationwide

Across the country schools are closing by the dozen as officials say they're being hit so hard by swine flu that they feel shutting down for a few days is the only feasible option.

The U.S. Education Department says at least 351 schools were closed last week alone -- affecting 126,000 students in 19 states. So far this school year, about 600 total schools have temporarily closed.

The number of closures this year appears on target to surpass the roughly 700 schools closed last spring when the swine flu outbreak first hit. Flu season hasn't peaked yet, and each day more schools are closing.

The superintendent of Connecticut's Middletown Public Schools says a middle school closed for the rest of the week after 120 students stayed home sick Monday.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by angel Location: williamston on Dec 29, 2009 at 01:29 PM
    Wow. lots of schools r closing except fo mine thats wrong
  • by hmmm.... Location: greenville on Oct 29, 2009 at 05:31 AM
    I'm not sure how they could be over reacting. Regardless of the Swine Flu outbreak, it's pretty much a policy across schools in all states to shut down the school when, and if, the absence rate hits a certain mark. In cases such as the Swine Flu, where it is so easy to transmit and pass on, closing a school for a few days is better than having ALL students sick and continue to pass it around. It's not called overreacting; it's called being smart...
  • by Stewie Location: eastern Carolina on Oct 28, 2009 at 06:43 PM
    May not be over reacting. If there more students absent than present, or if a large number of teachers are sick, may be the best option.
  • by PUREBREAD on Oct 28, 2009 at 04:13 PM
    Anonymous I see your point.OBAMA called it a national emergency.What a freaking joke! This is just an attempted to push more of that bogus nationalized health care crap on americans and take the focus off of AFGHANISTAN!
  • by Anonymous on Oct 28, 2009 at 02:24 PM
    Could they over react any more?
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