School Districts Prepared for N1H1 Flu

May 1, 2009 10:49:46 PM PDT
The flu outbreak reports have led to hundreds of questions from Valley students and parents. Local school districts are working hard to separate the myths from reality, and continue to keep students safe.

While there have been no reports of so called "swine flu" cases in Fresno County, Superintendent Larry Powel said all 34 school districts know exactly what to do if there is one: "This is not something we are fearing at all we have plans in place. We are ready to handle whatever comes our way."

Knowing all districts are prepared is comforting to some parents, but in the district, but many still have questions.

Mai Vang, McLane Parent said, "It's about how the flu is going to affect everybody, so a little bit less concerned, but still concerned."

Kelly Avants with Clovis Unified said, "We as a school district are prepared to deal with contagious diseases all the time, whether it's seasonal flu, MRSA or T.B. cases that occasionally pop up. We need to keep things as normal as possible for our students who are young kids and who take their lead from how adults in the situation are acting."

McLane Student Cee Pha said she has changed her everyday habits at school in response to flu concerns: "I feel like I'm getting germs so I started washing my hands more often, I've started cleaning myself more." That's the reaction local school districts are encouraging to prevent any type of contagious disease.

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