Gov't: New H1N1 School Guidelines

By: Rick Montanez Email
By: Rick Montanez Email

School officials around the country will not dismiss students from class unless there is a major H1N1 outbreak within the district. New federal guidelines require a significant number of students or faculty to be sick before school will be dismissed.

"If your child is sick, why are you going to want to infect other children?" said John Brandenburg of Colorado Springs.

A local father of an 8-year old girl, Bradenburg acknowledges that parents may not intentionally send their kids to school to infect other students.

"We've heard before that other parents will send their kids to school sick really putting other children at risk," said Brandenburg.

School districts and the Federal government are currently faced with taking steps to prevent the spread of H1N1.

"Parents need to be making plans, that if they have a child that comes down with an influenza-like illness they need to make plans to stay home or have someone stay home with them," said Larry Borland, Chief of Security for School District 20.

There is good news about the new guidelines: parents will be asked to keep their children home for 24 hours after their fever breaks, instead of the previous recommendation of one week.

"The new guidance is that we not close schools," said Borland.

To keep schools from closing, school districts will set aside a separate classroom for those who may have H1N1. The students will stay in the room until their parents can pick them up, or until the end of the school day.

"I just wish that other parents would take into consideration that their child going to school sick could affect other families," said Brandenburg.

The Centers for Disease Control also recommends that as many people get an H1N1 vaccination as possible. A vaccine should be available by mid-October.

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