Is My Kid’s School Closing?

May 20, 2009 at 9:32 pm 2 comments

That’s really the big question this week in Forest Hills, as the number of school closings throughout NY, and esp. Queens, ticks up–though it seems to be down today, 21 instead of 26 yesterday. The other question: Why Queens?, which we ask with some bewilderment but also a smirk about this not quite being what we have in mind when we lament our fair borough’s lesser profile. 

This blog–and I’m sure the others in this area–is getting a lot of queries about the flu and school closings. Unfortunately, there is no blog that can accurately report the news as it is happening. Blogs are reactive, not proactive, in general. But the buzz is that there’s a number of cases at 144 and at least one at 196. If you know about others, please post as comments here. 

My daughter attends a preschool where the alert-word has gone out that some of the kids have sibs at the various PSs. That’s not enough for me to keep my daughter home from school (I think some parents are doing just that), but it has prompted me to bring her to school late each day so that I can check with her teachers as to the state of health of the kids–has anyone called in sick suddenly? Is anyone coughing? 

As much as I would like to believe that all parents are keeping an eye on their kids’ health and are using precautionary discretion, the reality is that some parents simply can’t not send their kids to school, even if they seem to have a bit of a fever going on, because their jobs will be at risk if they do. Therefore it is up to each parent to make his or her best decision, and not rely on other parents or even their child’s school to give them the information they need. Schools like blogs are reactive rather than proactive.

I hate to sound survivalist about this, but in most situations, you’re best off doing the research and then trusting your gut.


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  • 1. Anonymous  |  May 20, 2009 at 9:59 pm

    PS 196 has 270 kids out this week, many more than PS 144 which yesterday had 100 kids out.

    Not sure about 101.

    No confirmed cases of the Swine Flu in either school. Most of the absentees are bcs. parents are pulling their kids out.

  • 2. Anonymous  |  May 22, 2009 at 10:01 pm

    As a PS196 parent, I am very upset what happended over there. Half of the kids in one of the 3rd grade class had flu-like symptoms during the weekend. The school had poor communication with parents. ” A 3rd grade kid had swine flu” had out of control spreading out among the community. During this week, only 2 or 3 kids of that class were in school, and ended up every day had a sick kid sending home from that class. The school is opened this week, but they are not teaching! Kids are not allowed to touching any books, not allowing to sit on the rug. Why they keep the school open?


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