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More students home sick with flu-like symptoms this week, school district reports

Original post made on Oct 23, 2009

Many Pleasanton students were out sick this past week after reporting flu-like symptoms. Although the county shows no "documented" cases of Pleasanton students with the H1N1 virus, officials are saying students likely have what is referred to as the swine flu.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, October 23, 2009, 6:28 AM

Comments (10)

Posted by Betty Boop, a resident of Del Prado
on Oct 23, 2009 at 3:58 pm

All I can say is that if PUSD put as much effort into actually making sure the schools were sanitized at the end of the day as they did in the whole H1N1 "Cover Up" (and yes there was absolutely a cover up) than maybe there would not have been as many absences these past few weeks. Denial only holds off the inevitable...

Posted by Parent, a resident of Castlewood
on Oct 23, 2009 at 4:14 pm

Hard to do with all the cuts- 6 minutes/classroom is not enough- don't you agree? Did you vote for the parcel tax I wonder, cos I'm hearing a lot of complaining from people who didn't and for some strange reason, thought things wouldn't change......

Posted by Karen, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 23, 2009 at 4:46 pm

My Harvest Park student doesn't notice any absences in her classes, I'm sure there are some, just not enough for her to notice a difference.
She was sick last week with a low grade fever (never more than 101), sore throat and congestion. She's recovered and I'm thinking that probably wasn't swine flu.
I teach at a school in San Jose and I've had full attendance in my class until last week when one child was absent for two days and this week when one child was absent for three days.

Posted by A PMS Parent, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 23, 2009 at 6:11 pm

My children attend PMS and came home today with this interesting bit of information. Apparently, some students find it amusing to walk past another student, pretend to sneeze, and deliberately spew mucus and spit into the unsuspecting student's face. This happened to my child today while walking from one class to another. The unknown student walked away laughing. My second child who also attends PMS confirmed witnessing this on more than one occasion. Unbelievable!

Posted by Stay Cool, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 23, 2009 at 6:50 pm

Stay Cool is a registered user.

Excellent point!

Posted by annon, a resident of Apperson Ridge
on Oct 23, 2009 at 6:54 pm

PMS Parent,

" deliberately spew mucus and spit into the unsuspecting student's face"

That IS a crime. Report this to the PPD!

Posted by Betty Boop, a resident of Del Prado
on Oct 23, 2009 at 10:39 pm

Parent - this has nothing to do with the Parcel Tax (and yes i did vote for it) or cut backs. Many other districts have redirected the duties of the existing janitors. I also know many teachers who have decided to disinfect thier own classes at the end of the day.

I think the bigger picture was missed here. You all should be very upset that the district kept this hush hush instead of taking the right measures to keep the kids safe and healthy.....

Posted by Another Parent, a resident of Amador Estates
on Oct 24, 2009 at 12:53 am

So are we to assume that some anonymous posters on this site have more information than the school district, doctors, and nurses? PUSD is not in the business of diagnosing illnesses. They are instructed to wait for official word from the County Health Office.

Betty Boop, when was the last time you walked onto one of the campuses? There are signs and reminders all over the place.

Posted by Matt, a resident of Stoneridge
on Oct 24, 2009 at 9:16 am

It's also the responsibility of the parents to remind their children to wash their hands, and keep hand sanitizer handy.

Posted by A Neighbor, a resident of Sycamore Place
on Oct 25, 2009 at 7:49 pm

Here are stats from Alameda County Department of Health:
Alameda County Novel H1N1 Hospitalizations as of October 20, 2009*
Total Age in Years Number Percent Incidence Rate per 100,000
All Ages 224 100.0 14.5
<1 13 5.8 63.9
1 - 4 23 10.3 28.3
5 - 18 41 18.3 14.6
19 - 24 21 9.4 17.8
25 - 35 31 13.8 13.2
36 - 49 36 16.1 10.4
50 - 64 47 21.0 16.3
65+ 12 5.4 7.0
* Includes 66 ICU hospitalizations and 17 deaths.
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