Schools ramping up fight against Swine Flu

Schools ramping up fight against Swine Flu

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WEST JORDAN -- New tools are coming to all the schools in the Jordan School District to fight the swine flu, or H1N1 virus.

"We are just in the process of purchasing additional hand sanitizers that will go in all the main entry areas in the cafeterias and in all the classrooms. And thermal scan thermometers that can be used for teachers to be able to take temperatures very quickly and accurately," said Jordan spokeswoman Melinda Colton.

Colton is on a H1N1 task force for the district. She says they are spending a lot of time talking about the vaccine and how it will be distributed.

"During school hours; we still have to meet our hourly time frame for students. But will we do it after school, during school? Will parents be able to available, what are the opt out procedures?" Colton said.

Colton says they are talking about all the decisions related to the flu, such as at what point would they ever have to close schools. They get updated information on a daily basis from the CDC and Salt Lake Valley Health Department.

She stresses the district wants to partner with parents. "We know they have a lot of concerns and a lot of worries. We hope they make sure whatever these students are learning at school [about H1N1 and proper hygiene] that they follow through at home and we know they are."


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