Garcia: Schools shouldn't be closing for swine flu

The City’s public schools won’t be as panicky with the virus formerly known as swine flu as they were required to be last spring.

Superintendent Carlos Garcia sent a letter to schools this month, advising them to be on the lookout for the usual suspects; flu-like symptoms, especially high temperatures and bad hygiene.

Garcia also highlighted a list of common-sense etiquettes such as consistent hand-washing and stated, “It is extremely unlikely that school dismissal will be ordered in San Francisco. We will work closely with the public health department to minimize transmission of disease but keep schools open.”

Garcia said the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is suggesting students and staff who have flu-like symptoms should be isolated from other people until they are sent home.

Also, he is encouraging everyone gets a seasonal flu vaccine, though it won’t prevent H1N1, and stated the district is still working out its procedure for when the actual swine flu vaccination is available.

School district spokeswoman Gentle Blythe said she has not seen any spike in the number of students who have been sent home this school year with flu-like symptoms.
 

Bay Area NewsGovernment & PoliticsPoliticsUnder the Dome

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

Small, impassioned crowd celebrates the Fourth of July with protest for affirmative action

Lawmakers and marchers urge voters to pass Proposition 16 in the November ballot

Union threatens legal action after Police Commission expands use-of-force policy

San Francisco’s police union is pursuing legal action after the Police Commission… Continue reading

Giants announce health guidelines for Oracle Park

The San Francisco Giants announced Friday that the organization’s maintenance team will… Continue reading

Restorative art on the inside and out

Curator Ericka Scott organizes exhibition of works by prisoners

City Attorney seeks to recoup ‘illegal profits’ gained by Walter Wong through city contracts

San Francisco will seek to recover “illegal profits” gained by well-known permit… Continue reading

Most Read