Harvard reopens following swine flu closure

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This morning, students from Harvard Elementary returned to classes after an unexpected vacation that started late last week. Hamilton Middle School reopened on Monday.

Local health experts say they stand by their decisions and believe the closures have helped keep the number of swine flu cases down locally.

However, all of this comes at a bad time, given that we're near at the end of the school year.

"It's got to be impacted badly. I just dread to see this year's TAKS scores because a lot of the kids are sick anyway, not necessarily with flu, but it's been a bad allergy season. I'm hearing there is a lot of absenteeism," said Gayle Fallon with the Houston Federation of Teachers. "A child who doesn't feel well, who is taking the test, whether they have the flu or a serious allergy infection, isn't going to do as well as a healthy child."

Parents with students in HISD can keep up to date with school closings due to the flu outbreak by calling the district's information hotline at 713-556-6005. It's open weekdays from 7am until 7pm.

Meanwhile, students at Episcopal High School will return tomorrow. Today, faculty and staff at Episcopal are returning.


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