From The Washington Post:
“Nearly 300 schools nationwide have shuttered as education and health officials take precautions to avoid the spread of swine flu, the U.S. Education Department reported today.
As of yesterday at noon, the department had counted about 100 school closures. ….
The Fort Worth, Tex., school system closed its 80,000-student district for 10 days after confirmation of one case of swine flu at one campus and the announcement that there are probable cases at three other schools. In New York, where several schools have been hit by outbreaks, such decisions have been handled individually at the schools.
In Maryland, schools in Anne Arundel and Baltimore counties with probable flu cases have remained open under advice from health officials.”
At first glance, that all seems a bit excessive. But according to the Post, the U.S. Department of Education is advising that “schools should strongly consider closing if a student or employee is confirmed to have the flu, if