That was the main question nearly 1,400 school leaders from around the country asked the federal officials during a conference call on swine flu yesterday. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention strongly suggests closing a school if a student has a confirmed case or a suspected case epidemiologically linked to a confirmed case. If no additional suspected or confirmed cases are reported from the school in seven days, then a school could reopen, according to guidelines the CDC has posted for official here.
Districts that do close schools should contact the Department of Education’s Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools (OSDFS) by e-mail, email@example.com, in addition to local public health authorities. School officials can also e-mail OSDFS with questions about the proper response to the swine influenza.
So far the Richardson school district has closed Canyon Creek Elementary School after a student was confirmed to have the illness. The Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City school district, near San Antonio, is closed for a week after three confirmed cases and about 10 suspected cases in the area. The Fort Worth school district has not closed McLean Middle School, at which a probable case has been identified in a 12-year-old girl. District officials said they had crews cleaning overnight Sunday to disinfect the school.