Schools opening after swine flu closures

May 6, 2009 9:13:55 AM PDT
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The department of Health and Human Services changed its mind again and announced it no longer believes its necessary to close schools because to the swine flu.

It's a change from last week, when CDC officials recommended campuses shut down for at least two weeks if there were any suspected cases of swine flu. Parents are still asked to keep sick children at home but health officials say the swine flu virus is milder that initially feared.

Within minutes of the announcement school districts in our area began calling parents. Saying school will be back in session today. In fact, students returned to class at almost every school in our area today.

Students at Episcopal High School returned today as well. On Tuesday, faculty and staff at Episcopal returned for duty.

There are three exceptions. The entire Navasota School District will remain closed for the rest of the week and will reopen on May 11th.

Matthys Elementary in Pasadena ISD and Beckendorff Junior High are also closed today. But students there are expected back at school tomorrow.

We have a constantly updating list of schools that are reopening here.

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