H1N1 Flu Forces Valley School Districts to Shut Down

POSTED: Monday, May 4, 2009 - 5:31pm

UPDATED: Thursday, February 25, 2010 - 12:33pm

As more possible cases of the H1N1 or Swine Flu virus arise, several school districts in the Valley are suspending classes until next Tuesday as a precaution. The closures are leaving several working parents in a bind.

“I don't think that was a good idea.”

The Brownsville Independent School District has suspended classes at all of their 52 schools until Monday, May 11th. The closures are affecting more than 48,000 students. Their decision to shut down come after it was confirmed that two students may have contracted the virus at Cromack and Palm Grove Elementary Schools, but BISD is not the only one to make such decision over the weekend.

In Harlingen, they made the decision to cancel classes Sunday after learning there is one probable case at Long Elementary and in San Benito, there are reports of 3 possible cases. Although it is an inconvenience for parents, some say it's better to be safe than sorry.

“It’s probably a good thing to do I guess.”

“I think it's good if a child is infected around there. It’s the best thing to do to close it down but if there's nothing going on, it doesn't really matter.”

BISD will likely not reopen any earlier than next Tuesday, and all events scheduled for May 3rd - 11th are suspended.

As for the loss of days, the school district isn't sure if students will have to make up or not.

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