Lee County School officials are reporting four confirmed cases of the H1N1 virus, commonly known as the swine flu.
Superintendent Steve Nowlin said the four infected students were sent home and will not return to school until they no longer exhibit flu-like symptoms. Another 29 students have the common flu and flu-like symptoms, he said. Some schools sent home flyers with tips about stopping the spread of the flu and Nowlin said parents should keep their children home from school if they are running a fever.
He declined to identify which schools the four H1N1-infected students came from, saying there were not a significant number of cases for the size of the district. The system has 10,000 students.
Nowlin said he talked with the lead school nurse for Alabama and she did not recommend closing any schools at this point.
“You don’t close schools for the flu,” Nowlin said. “You close schools if half the teachers are out or half the students are out.”