All Weslaco Schools Closed Because Of Possible Swine Flu
POSTED: Thursday, April 30, 2009 - 9:30pm
UPDATED: Thursday, February 25, 2010 - 11:33am
Hidalgo County officials reported no cases of swine flu through the week, but now are waiting on test results from a young boy that maybe infected, and could push the amount of confirmed cases here in the valley to four.
District officials have decided to close down all campuses in the best interest of the students...and are not identifying the school where the student attends.
As a precaution, all 20 schools in the Weslaco School District will be closed for the next seven days.
This because one male student, has come down with "Type A" flu, and may have the swine flu virus.
"There was a student within the school district who has been identified as a probable cause."
Hidalgo County Health Department's Chief Adminstrative Officer, Eddie Olivarez says, if there are any suspected cases of the swine flu, state and federal guidelines order them to close schools.
"If the results come back negative, then I'll work with the Superintendent on how to re-open schools, if they are positive, then the right thing was done," he says.
Olivarez says, the student's lab tests were sent off to the center for disease control in atlanta, georgia to test for the swine flu.
Until then, all students parents, and staff are being turned away for their own health safety.
Water fountains like these are just some of the many things on all Weslaco campuses which are going to be completely disinfected.
Weslaco High senior, Lani Lugo, says with no school, she'll use her time wisely.
Hidalgo County Health Department Officials say, it could take a few days before they know if the student has swine flu.
The student is at home re-cooperating, and has not been at school all week.