Swine flu cases at two elementary schools

By Nicole Bell - bio | email
Posted by Terry Alexander - email

KING WILLIAM, VA (WWBT) - In a notice sent out to parents today, confirmation that students in the King William County school system has contracted the H1N1 virus also known as swine flu. Tonight we're told those students will not be back in class until given the all clear by a doctor. In response to the two swine flu cases a thorough cleaning is underway.

"All desks are wiped down, knobs, light switches," said Shelia Carr, Director of Special Programs.

A Cool Spring Primary school student and another student at Aquinton Elementary School in King William County have been diagnosed with the swine flu virus. School leaders say they found out about one case Monday, the other Tuesday.

"They are home and are being followed by a doctor," Carr said.

Now, the district says it's taking additional precautions to help reduce the spread of the disease. Such as, stressing hand washing, asking parents to keep kids home if they're sick and making many bottles of hand sanitizer available.

Despite the district's efforts some parents are worried. Virginia Bower has two children in the school system. One in each of the schools impacted by the swine flu cases.

"I am concerned if maybe she's been exposed and my son at the other school," said Bower.

Bower says she does feel a sense of comfort knowing the school is pepping up its push on preventative measures. It's something Bower encourages in her own home.

"I want all of the kids to be safe and I hope that the kids who've been detected with it will be fine," Bower said.

In addition to those two confirmed swine flu cases, school leaders say several parents have called to inform the school that they suspect their child may also be infected.

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