Flu-Related School Closings Spread to 24 States
More than 500 U.S. schools in a total of 24 states were closed today due to swine flu, affecting roughly 330,000 students, the U.S. Department of Education announced this afternoon.
The department’s estimate that 533 public and private schools were closed today for reasons related to the new strain of influenza virus was approximately 100 higher than on Friday, when officials reported that 430 schools had closed, affecting about 245,000 children in 18 states.
Echoing a point made by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan at a news conference on Friday, the Education Department noted today in an e-mail to reporters that the vast majority of the nation’s roughly 100,000 schools remained open, and its roughly 55 million students...
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