Swine flu hitting Baldwin schools

With classes back in session, flu cases, including the H1N1 variety, are already showing up on Baldwin County public and private school campuses, educators said Tuesday.

On Monday, a parent called St. Patrick Catholic School in Robertsdale to report that one student had been confirmed by a doctor as having the H1N1 variety, commonly known as swine flu, said Sister Margaret Harte, school principal.

Several students have also been diagnosed with the flu strain in public schools, said Terry Wilhite, Baldwin County Board of Education spokesman. Wilhite said he could not confirm how many cases had been reported. “It’s less than a dozen over (system’s) 45 schools,” he said

Swine flu hitting schools

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Parents should be told if a student at their child’s school has swine flu. Parents have a right to know if they are exposing their children to this disease when they send them off to school in the morning. Why won’t the school system release a list of school with confirmed cases?