WebXtra: East Texas schools prepare for the Swine Flu

By Molly Reuter - bio | email

EAST TEXAS (KLTV) - Every day the story seems to get bigger and the number of confirmed cases of the Swine Flu around the country gets higher.  As many of us know, one place viruses tend to spread quickly are schools.  It's the reason East Texas School Districts we spoke to Wednesday say they are taking every precaution.

On Monday, Tyler ISD sent a voice recording home to parents asking them to keep their children home if they show symptoms of the Swine Flu.  That includes cough, sore throat, muscle aches and vomiting, or diarrhea.  TISD is also asking parents to seek medical attention if their child is sick.  Grace Community School in Tyler is taking that even one step further.

"We are recommending a note from the doctor releasing them to come back to school if they have a fever, chills, cough any those symptoms of the swine flu, then we do encourage them to see their doctor," said Grace Community Junior/High School nurse.

"If it does come to East Texas, we will do the same thing we are doing all the time," said TISD Coordinator of Health Services Nancy Jones.   "We have as of Monday, we have increased preparedness, as far as, cleaning door knobs, desks, water fountains and door handles throughout the day.  We are talking to faculty and trying to help them not to panic.  This is something that is not a panic area, this is just something we are going to be cautious about."

Every school district we spoke to say they are in close contact with the Northeast Texas Public Health District, and are getting updates every day, sometimes several times a day.  It is the health district that would recommend a school close if the Swine Flu makes it to East Texas.

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