Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Swine Flu Hits Greece Schools During Exams

Although no cases of H1N1, formerly known as swine flu, have been confirmed within the Greece Central School District, students at some of our schools have recently been excluded from school due to the presence of symptoms that could be caused by H1N1.

District leaders are in ongoing contact with the local and state health departments as well as our district physician. We ask that you do not send your child to school if he or she is experiencing any flu-like symptoms, such as sore throat, runny nose, cough, fever above 101 degrees orally, fatigue, and or muscle aches. Anyone with these symptoms should contact their health care provider.

The Monroe County Health Department has assured us that there is no cause for undue concern as this flu has behaved similarly to seasonal flu and severe cases can be treated with prescription anti-viral medication.

Greece school leaders are taking every precaution available to keep students safe. Our cleaning procedures are in line with the CDC recommendations and classrooms and common areas are routinely sanitized. We understand the importance of vigilance surrounding this new strain of influenza and continue to follow the direction of the health department in how we can help reduce the spread of this disease.

SCATS ~~ The above message failed to state: "We are aware of the concerns parents have medically, and because of the implications such an absence could have on final exams for secondary students. Schools are making arrangements for affected students to complete their exams while not exposing other students to illness." It also fails to tell parents that health experts recommend: " Stay home if you are sick for 7 days after your symptoms begin or until you have been symptom-free for 24 hours, whichever is longer. This is to keep from infecting others and spreading the virus further."

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Can't wait til this hits the board room.

Anonymous said...

As usual this is another unfounded lie initiated by SCATS. UNTIL THE MONROE COUNTY MEDICAL DIRECTOR ANOUNCES IT AS CONFIRMED then it could just be the FLU. Site your sources for a change.

Anonymous said...

to 11:27

The swine flu has "hit" GCSD...when the district is having options for end of year testing and making modifications in light of "illnesses" it has hit.

Anonymous said...

Listen to the news. Swine flu has "reached epidemic levels in local schools." Many districts are reporting more than twice the normal number of absences.

Anonymous said...

It's called taking precautions, I guess you would wait for an armed assailant to "shoot" and kill someone in a school before you go into lockdown. That's right, let's just let everyone get contaminated, THEN move them into isolation...silly my friend.

SCATS said...

To 11:27AM ~~ Try reading a paper or listening to radio or TV news ;)

Here's a source to get you started: "There have been 1,448 lab-confirmed cases statewide of the virus. Although Monroe County is listed with just 19 cases, Andrew Doniger, Monroe County Health Director. said the true number is likely in the hundreds. And the epidemic is not going to end any time soon."

http://democratandchronicle.com/article/20090617/NEWS01/90617019/County+declares+local+epidemic+of+swine+flu

11:27AM, I'm awaiting an apology :)

SCATS said...

By the way 11:27AM that pretty blue link on the BLOG out front takes you to the source which is the GCSD website in this case ;)

Anonymous said...

I believe I read that NYS isn't testing anymore for confirmation of the swine flu...Doesn't that mean tht they no longer see it as the threat that they originally thought? Obviously they aren't concerned about confirming the cases with people that are exhibiting symptoms, just treating them for them. How worried are we to believe that they are if they are advising Doctors offices to treat over the phone and not come in the office. I get the idea of spreading the germ and all but come on?

SCATS said...

To 4:22PM ~~ The other day, a doctor from RGH was interviewed on TV and stated he had personally tested for and confirmed 200+ cases of this flu in Rochester recently. Doniger stated during the same newscast he has only confirmed 19 cases. See any disconnect between County govt (Doniger) and reality (the RGH Dr.)?

Anonymous said...

I was at a my son's pediatricians office today for a regular scheduled physical and the office was swamped. Apparently every child that has a cough and a sniffle is pouring in . I actually heard a teenage boy say to another boy sitting next to him say he hoped the Dr. said he had the Swine flu because then he wouldn't have to go to school anymore this year. How sad is that these children hear the media frenzy and are hoping to be ill so they can get out of school. When I finally did get in to see the Dr. he one looked exhausted, ..I inquired about the waiting room incident and he informed me that they the health department is no longer sending out for confirmation for the H1N1, they are just doing a regular test Influenza A...which is basically the flu.... I know from personal experience and having gone through it EVERY year with each of my children that children get the flu every year. Usually from the time school starts to sometime after the new year. So why is this being labeled as an epidemic is beyond me. Seems like the only difference is that it the elderly are less susceptible and that some people are given antibiotic treatment. People are going to continue to get sick year round it happens. Are we supposed to stay out of malls, grocery stores and ban all community activities such as sports etc.? If we were to close the schools every time someone is sick because we are afraid that we may spread it the schools here would be further in the toilet. Use common sense as you would with any other illness.

SCATS said...

To 9:06PM ~~ Please clarify for me what constitutes "common sense" given the Health Dept's mixed messages from one week to the next? If a kid has "flu-like symptoms" do we send them to school anyway? Or as soon as they feel better? Or do we wait for a full 7 days or more?