Swine Flu Hits Schools

TWO Thurrock schools have been hit by suspected cases of Swine Flu over the last 24 hours.

Chafford Hundred and Gable Hall Schools have decided to remain open despite the outbreak.

Chafford Headteacher, Chris Tomlinson defended the decision.

In an interview with the Thurrock Gazette, he said: “A girl was with someone over the weekend who had a confirmed case of swine flu.

“She later felt unwell but her case has not been confirmed and she was advised to stay at home.

“She hasn’t been in school since the weekend but I sent letters out to parents informing them of what has happened.

“The risk is minimal so the school obviously stays open.

“We are fully compliant with all the Government’s medical requirements asked of us.”

Gable Hall School, Corringham have also remained open. The school issued a statement: “The school is following Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) guidelines with regards with the current outbreak of influenza and is in touch with the local authority and the local health protection unit who offer advice on anti-virals and whether the school should close.

“The current advice is that the school should stay open and Mr King is in daily contact with the daily authorities.”

“Parents will be advised of any change in policy.”

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