Tuesday, May 5, 2009
The San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency is working with local school district officials to reopen three local high schools where students were dismissed, based on new recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The schools are scheduled to reopen tomorrow.
The County's public health officer Wilma Wooten says the new guidelines from the CDC call for schools to remain open - with an emphasis on having students, teachers or staff who exhibit influenza-like illness stay home and not go to school or out into the community for at least seven days.
The new guidelines call for student dismissals only when there is a large number of faculty or students absent and that interferes with a school's ability to function.
The schools where students were dismissed include San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts and Kearny High School in the San Diego Unified School District and Mission Hills High School in the San Marcos Unified School District.
Area parents are also asked to refrain from bringing children to area emergency departments to be tested for H1N1 Influenza.
The CDC has confirmed three new cases of human infection with H1N1 Influenza in San Diego County residents, bringing the total number of cases to 27.
The new cases are a 1-year-old male and two military cases: a 33-year-old male and a 37-year-old male.