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M48ortal  (Level: 248.0 - Posts: 3733)
Sun, 18th Oct '09 9:54 PM


Many schools in our area are closing for weeks at a time due to high absentee rates and confirmed H1N1 flu cases.

Then they go ahead and have their scheduled athletic events. Even though the football games are held outside, 60 Minutes had a story on tonight where both teams and the cheerleaders exhibited flu symptoms. Locally we are already into basketball and volleyball season at the middle school level, and the gyms are packed.

Am I the only one who thinks they have their priorities backwards?

Pennwoman  (Level: 151.8 - Posts: 2478)
Mon, 19th Oct '09 9:50 AM

Well, I agree with you BUT, let me show you the other side... my brother is a newspaper editor -- so well familiar with all the H1N1 coverage.... my nephew woke with a fever on Saturday morning, little cough etc. My brother is FRANTIC. Regis was born with a heart defect, that was repaired but it gives him "history" and in the radar for being careful about flu etc. This is one kid, I can't imagine what school districts dealing with many parents, are going through. There is little to be done about getting the flu other than wash your hands, cough/sneeze in your elbow etc etc -- closing events seems to give the powerless, something to do.

Donden  (Level: 112.5 - Posts: 2127)
Mon, 19th Oct '09 1:09 PM

Yeah, close the schools and let 'em all head for the mall. That oughta work great!

Pennwoman  (Level: 151.8 - Posts: 2478)
Mon, 19th Oct '09 1:21 PM

I meant to say, cancel SCHOOL or events, gives the powerless something to do.... and logic isn't usually added to the mix.

Fudypatootie  (Level: 194.3 - Posts: 1302)
Mon, 19th Oct '09 1:33 PM

It's happened in 2 schools here, as well. Of course, let's be honest, here. The main reason they close the schools when attendance gets down around 80% is because they are losing money at that point. They can close the school and the kids then have to make up those days later in the year. And with an expected 90%+ attendance at those later dates, they make their money.

M48ortal  (Level: 248.0 - Posts: 3733)
Mon, 19th Oct '09 2:54 PM

I understood what you meant Martina. I know why they close school (ADA funding), but they always announce that they're doing it to slow the spread of the disease. Then they have a ball game against some team from another area. So if any of our players have the flu, we can spread it to their team too. ("Yeah, we lost the game, but our flu bug kicked their butts the next week!")

Reminds me of Gunnison, Colorado, in 1918. They barricaded the roads and blocked the train tracks. Nobody in town got sick until the next Spring when some locals travelled outside, but by then the pandemic had broken. The Today show said that this flu is a milder version of that one, and anyone born before approximately 1960 might have some built-in immunity. I certainly hope so, but feel bad for all the youngsters.

Visit for photographs of the lethal flu pandemic of 1918

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