Area schools reopening Wednesday after swine flu closure

Tuesday, May 5, 2009 at 9:16pm
Staff reports

Following Monday’s revised guidelines from the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Nashville private school Montgomery Bell Academy plans to open its doors Wednesday after a three-day closure due to swine flu.

Harding Academy, the first school in Tennessee with a confirmed swine flu case, is also reopening Wednesday.

The CDC officially has advised that schools should not be closed due to swine flu unless “a magnitude” of absent students or teachers disrupts the school’s ability to function. Students and staff with flu-like symptoms should plan to stay home and seek medical care for at least seven days after ill, even if symptoms go away.

“Be reminded that even though the illness is mild for most people, we do expect it to spread easily in the population so please continue to remind students, educators, and parents to be responsible with basic precautions that can slow the spread of the virus and protect the more medically fragile in the community,” wrote Metro Director of Health Bill Paul in a letter to MBA, posted on the school’s Web site.

Visit cdc.gov/h1n1flu for more information about the CDC’s swine flu stance.