Thousands of students miss TAKS

April 28, 2009 12:24:26 PM PDT
At least 17 schools have closed for the week and thousands of Texas students are missing school on an important day of standardized state tests because of swine flu fears. [SWINE FLU: Symptoms, questions and answers and more]
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The Schertz-Cibolo ISD near San Antonio closed all 14 schools, including a high school where three of the state's six confirmed cases of swine flu were found. An elementary school in suburban Dallas, a high school in New Braunfels and a middle school in Rio Grande City also closed.

Rio Grande City Superintendent Roel Gonzalez said Tuesday that five schools are each missing between 80 and 140 students. Local officials have deemed two students at Veterans Middle School "probable" cases of swine flu.

A state education spokeswoman says officials are working on a TAKS retesting schedule, but it won't be completed until it's known how long schools will be closed.

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