Murphy Messenger -
Plano Independent School District
By Plano Independent School District
Published on 05/4/2009

(Plano, Texas) The Plano Independent School District, in close collaboration with the Collin County and City of Plano health authorities and in accordance with guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Texas Department of State Health Services, announces today (May 3) the immediate closure of Barron Early Childhood School and Sigler Elementary School due to a few strong probable cases of Influenza A
H1N1 virus (swine flu). At this time, the district anticipates both campuses to reopen on May 18.

Additionally, Plano ISD announces that Wilson Middle School, which was previously closed due to influenza concerns, anticipates resumption of classes on May 18 rather than May 11.

Symptoms of the Influenza A H1N1 virus are similar to symptoms of regular human flu and include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headaches, chills, and fatigue. Persons exhibiting these symptoms are encouraged to see their physician immediately for a flu test and report the findings to their school nurse.

While students are not attending school, health officials are encouraging students to remain at home and not to congregate with other students at public places such as malls and restaurants. Questions about the H1N1 virus may be addressed to the Texas Department of State Health Services hotline at 1-888-777-5320.

Deputy Superintendent Jeff Bailey said, “The health of our students and staff is the major concern of Plano ISD. We are making these decisions for the well-being of our students, staff and families.”

Mr. Bailey added, “We appreciate the cooperation of our staff, parents and community during this challenging time.”