5 LI school districts with swine flu ...

5 LI school districts with swine flu cases to stay open

There are 7 comments on the Newsday story from May 19, 2009, titled 5 LI school districts with swine flu cases to stay open. In it, Newsday reports that:

Five Long Island school districts that have had confirmed cases of swine flu are opting to stay open, citing federal guidelines, even as New York City Monday shut down schools with only suspected cases of the never-before-seen virus.

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Spring Valley, NY

#1 May 19, 2009
What are these districts waiting for? Does someone have to die before they close these schools? Keeping them open to reap tax dollars for attendence is morally wrong. The health of the children and staff should be paramount NOT the almighty dollar!
AJS

Milford, CT

#2 May 19, 2009
From today's nytimes:
"Washing schools “is done for looks,” said Michael Olesen, a Minnesota infection control specialist.“It’s not a rational approach.”
anonymous

Huntington Station, NY

#3 May 19, 2009
Half Hollow 8% absence rate must be district wide. Local outbreaks are in only a few of the 11 buildings in district. At the 2 middle schools the absence rate MUST be more than 8%. WHATS THE REAL NUMBER? from the affected buildings?
mnb

Bohemia, NY

#4 May 19, 2009
They aren't closing down the schools because the teachers would have to make up the lost days of teaching...State Law requires that schools operate 180 days a year. Imagine the uproar of the teachers union if they had to loose some of their summer vacation.
Bill

Roosevelt, NY

#5 May 19, 2009
What the hold up!!!
CLOSE THE SCHOOLS!!
GBear

United States

#6 May 19, 2009
Bill wrote:
What the hold up!!!
CLOSE THE SCHOOLS!!
Misinformation and unchecked facts generated by the 24-hour news machine results in this mass hysteria.
Take precautions, but please people use some common sense.
These parents should teach their children basisc personal hygeine in social settings -- wash your hands often, cover your mouth when you cough, have a handkechief or tissue handy for sneezing, etc.
Queens is out of bounds I guess -- no one go to a Mets game, it's near Corona -- the epicenter.
Sheesh!!
swine

Mexico

#7 May 23, 2009
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