2nd school in Contra Costa County closes due to swine flu

Shore Acres Elementary in Bay Point will close Monday for 2 weeks

A second school in Contra Costa County is facing a temporary closure after a student was diagnosed with a probable case of the H1N1 virus, Contra Costa Health Services announced today.

Beginning Monday, Shore Acres Elementary School in Bay Point will be closed for two weeks.

Highlands Elementary School in Pittsburg was closed earlier this week after three probable cases of the H1N1 were detected and is expected to be closed another week, health officials reported.

All four cases in the county are considered mild.

In addition to the two Contra Costa County schools, five schools in Santa Clara County and one in Marin County have been closed due to the virus.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending a 14-day closure for schools that have any students with probable cases of the H1N1 flu, or swine flu.

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O'Connell said in a teleconference today he is working to make a more organized reporting system, such as a phone number or Web site, that lists the status of schools for easier access to updates.

In addition, he talked about plans to ask Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger for an executive order to modify or push back dates for certain standardized tests. This is because deadlines for Standardized Testing and Reporting and the California High School Exit Examination are approaching, but closures might make it impossible to finish administering them in time.

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