Tuesday, May 19, 2009

A Confirmed Case of H1Ni Swine Flu Found At Roosevelt Island's Child School

A reader forwards the following message sent from the Roosevelt Island's Child School to parents of their students concerning one confirmed case H1N1 Swine Flu found at the Child School.

Date: Tuesday - May 19, 2009
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May 18, 2009

Dear Parents,

This morning, we received word that there has been one confirmed case of the H1N1 Swine Flu virus at The Child School. We have personally contacted all parents of the students whose children share the same classroom and bus as this upper elementary school youngster. We have contacted the Department of Health as well as the Department of Education, the TCS Steering Committee and Board of Directors for their guidance on this matter. At this writing, we have yet to receive any official word with respect to how we should formally respond to this development. The health and well being of our students, staff and families is our foremost concern.

As a precaution, we have requested that the Office of Pupil Transportation (OPT) thoroughly disinfect BUS 738, the bus that this particular youngster takes to and from school, prior to any of our students re-embarking on this bus. The classrooms of the students on this bus have been disinfected as well. However, please keep in mind that all of the students at The Child School travel throughout our campus on a daily basis. Therefore, it is in our best interests to make certain that the entire Child School campus receive the same thorough disinfecting.

In order to facilitate a complete disinfecting process at The Child School, we will be closed Tuesday, May 19th and Wednesday, May 20th. We will reopen on Thursday, May 21st. However, if we are unable to open on May 21st, please call or visit our website for updated information after 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday May 20th.

Our website is www.thechildschool.org. The phone numbers are: 212-223-5055, 212-223-5482 or 212-223-5057.

It is imperative that parents use serious discretion when considering sending a sick child to school on or after May 21st, 2009. Please do not send your child to school if s/he is experiencing flu-like symptoms, including fever (over 100 degrees F) and cough or sore throat, runny nose, muscle pain and fatigue. Additionally, if you suspect your child is getting the flu, it is essential that s/he does not go anywhere else - such as child care, play dates, or sporting events - where others could potentially be exposed.

Parents MUST e-mail Lalig at tcslegacy@aol.com if there are any further confirmed cases of the H1N1 virus.

Because of this situation we are also choosing to postpone our Film Festival until a later date.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Again, the health and well being of our students, staff and families is our foremost concern.


Several weeks ago, I asked Roosevelt Island Doctors Grimm and Resnick if they had any advice for Roosevelt Island residents on how to avoid catching this virus. Here's what they said.


Anonymous said...

So I guess this is our cue to start panicking?

Anonymous said...

I guess we are expected to do that, Anon above, since we need to feed the news outlets. The majority of swine flu cases in the US were mild, i.e. were nothing more than, well, the regular flu. That's good enough for me.

Dr Grim said...

swine flu is a made up disease to scare the American people.

millions have aids, yet people still do not wear condoms.

Lysol said...

Well put Dr. Grim. However, it is concerning that this case is in our backyard. Especially considering that the two main means of transportation (Subway+Tram) are more crowded and sweaty than slave ships. In fact, someone sneezed on my Not so bad, Aids = Bad, Lysol = Amazing!

Anonymous said...

Too much Lysol = super bugs.

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