Medford discusses flu plan

Medford's school board on Tuesday will discuss how the district would deal with a swine flu pandemic.

The board meets in a 5:15 p.m. study session in the administration building conference room at 500 Monroe St. and then gathers for the regular meeting at 7 p.m. in the cafeteria at South Medford High School, 815 S. Oakdale Ave. Both meetings are open to the public.

A report to be delivered to the board at the regular meeting says the district is planning for the possibility of a serious outbreak of swine flu, known as the H1N1 virus. After students return next week, the district will increase cleaning and sanitization in "common touch" areas and will add hand sanitizing stations in all buildings, including classrooms and common areas, the report says.

The district's plan for dealing with a pandemic says that because such outbreaks often start in schools, the district "may close schools early in an event." It also says that although the length of a school closure would be determined by the severity of the outbreak, "it is unlikely that schools will be closed for less than 2 weeks ... and could be as long as 8 weeks."

— Staff reports

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