California Education Department Provides Updates On Swine Flu

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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, April 27, 2009
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell says his office is doing everything possible to provide swine flu information to students and teachers.   O’Connell says the California Education Department is updating its website to prevent the spread of the virus… 
“We have information that’s available in terms of how students need to wash their hands for a duration of at least 20 seconds using soap and water and if you are going to sneeze or cough do so with what students call the Dracula sneeze and that’s into your arm and if you are sick stay home…” 
O’Connell says many local school districts also are providing Swine Flu updates on their websites.   He says the state education Department is providing school principals with form letters they can send home with students.  That will help parents learn more about Swine Flu symptoms if their child should become ill.
O’Connell’s announcement comes as the Centers for Disease Control today (Monday, 4.27) confirmed a seventh grader at St. Mels School in the Sacramento area tested positive for the disease.  O’Connell says the student had recently returned to California from a trip to Mexico, where Swine Flu has killed 149 people.