Some schools closed for flu to reopen

CPS steps up flu prevention
May 3, 2009 (CHICAGO)

St. Ladislaus School on North Lockwood in Chicago will have classes, and Thompson Jr. High School in Oswego will also be open.

The five schools closed in unincorporated Homer Glen will reopen Monday as well. They are:

  • Homer Junior High School

  • Hadley

  • Goodings Grove

  • Luther J. Schilling

    William J. Butler

    Thirteen other schools in the area will remain closed.

    The Department of Public Health reports the number of probable cases in Illinois has increased to 96.

    There are three confirmed cases. Two of those are in Chicago, where the probable number now stands at 32. The number of probable cases in suburban Cook County remained at 28 Sunday.

    CPS steps up flu prevention

    Chicago public school officials are taking more steps to deal with H1N1.

    Kilmer Elementary in the city's Rogers Park neighborhood remains closed after a student there got the H1N1 flu.

    Chicago Public Schools officials continue to monitor attendance levels at 18 schools and look for additional flu cases among students.

    This is all part of a new policy to be implemented this week to deal with the threat of the new H1N1 flu strain that so far appears to have infected 85 people in the state. These new rules include sending children home if they have a high fever.

    "If the temperature is over 100 degrees, we are going to ask them to insure they get sent home with a parent or guardian," said Ron Huberman, Chicago Public Schools CEO.

    To take students' temperatures, thermometer strips are being distributed to all Chicago public schools this weekend. And starting Monday, they will be used on students who have both a fever and a cough. Additionally, Huberman says that if more than 10 percent of students are absent in any school, their parents will be called to find out if those absent have flu symptoms. The school in question may then be closed down for a few days to clean it.

    "Sometimes precaution for a day or two is better than having a lot of kids being infected with the flu," said Chicago Mayor Richard Daley.

    On average, 36,000 people in the United States die every year from the regular flu. So far, this new strain has caused only one death nationwide. In Mexico, the number is suspected to be just over 100. Still, some specialists are now saying that though all these precautions are good, this new strain doesn't appear very different to seasonal flu. So while many may get it, relatively few should be overly concerned.

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