Although no documented cases of H1N1 (swine flu) have been reported in Pleasanton schools, an increasing number of students have been staying home ill with flu-like symptoms.
Given the hype H1N1 has received in recent months, the school district is issuing regular reports on school absences and the reasons why children are being reported ill.
District representatives also report that while it's possible that many of the sick children have the H1N1 flu, there are no documented cases of it among Pleasanton school students.
School district nurse Susan Han presented information to the school board last week saying the panic over the H1N1 virus is unmerited as it has mild to moderate symptoms that are treated similarly to the typical flu.
At this time, only those considered critical cases are being tested for the H1N1 strain at a cost of about $350, Han said. Physicians instead are said to be telling patients that their sickness may be the swine flu based on clinical observation.
At last week's board meeting, the school district sickness policy was reiterated, saying that students should only come back to school when they have been fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducers.
Those interested in flu vaccines may want to sign up for the Pleasanton PTA Council vaccination clinic. Scheduled from 2 to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 29 at Fairlands Elementary School, 4151 W. Las Positas Blvd., shots are $25 and nasal spray is $30. Walk-ins will pay $2 more for shots. To make an appointment, call 866-782-3014 or visit www.pleasantonpta.org.