Small Colorado school shuts down over swine flu concerns
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Absences and fears over swine flu forced school official to cancel classes at Cesar Chavez Academy in Colorado Springs until next week.
Board member and school spokesman Jose Garcia says 123 of the school’s 231 students were absent Thursday, with 87 of those reporting flu-like symptoms. Garcia says nine teachers were also out sick Thursday.
In a statement, school officials said during the closure that the school will be cleaned and disinfected in an effort to reduce the spread of illness. The school is scheduled to reopen Wednesday.
Because seasonal influenza has not yet been detected this year, cases of the flu are presumed to be swine flu.
Information from: The Gazette, http://www.gazette.com