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Number of Absences Leads CPS Officials
Close Northside Learning
In response to documented absenteeism and illness data,
Chicago Public Schools officials today in consultation with the Chicago
Department of Public Health (CDPH) ordered Northside Learning Center to be closed
Monday as a precaution against the potential spread of H1N1 (swine) flu virus.
Northside Learning Center, located at 3730 West Bryn Mawr
Ave., is a special education facility with 288 students.
Expected absences at this time of the year are about
one-third the reported number.
Under protocols issued earlier this week by CPS in
conjunction with CDPH, students at schools that show an unusual pattern of
absences and reported illness symptoms are being sent home. In the case
of Northside Learning Center,
families of more than 10 percent of the 288 student population have taken them
to doctors for H1N1 testing.
The decision to close Northside Learning
Center Monday follows a
recommendation to do so from the Chicago Department of Public Health, said CPS
Chief Executive Officer Ron Huberman.
“We have said repeatedly that H1N1 is and will
continue to be a fluid situation, and that we would act in the best interest to
protect the health and welfare of our faculty, staff and students,”
Huberman said. “We continue to coordinate our response with CDPH and its
public health professionals, as we continue to manage a very fluid public
Huberman said surveillance data which documented attendance
and student illness from the school indicate that the number of absent students
has been increasing throughout the week, which raised further concern among
school and health officials. The number of students who were reported having
telltale flu-like symptoms of fever and cough further drove the decision to
close the school, he said.
On Wednesday, CPS reopened Joyce Kilmer School in Rogers
Park, which had been closed for a week after one of its students was diagnosed
with a confirmed case of H1 N1.
“We will consult with CDPH in the coming days on how long
Northside Learning Center
should remain closed, but we will continue to be cautious as this public health
issue progresses,” Huberman said.
Additional information about H1N1 and previous CPS
communications on the issue can be found at www.cps.edu
Chicago Public Schools has over 660 schools and serves
approximately 408,000 students. It is the nation’s third-largest school
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