Swine flu: Schools shut classes, bus service in Delhi

Last Updated: Monday, September 7, 2009 - 19:04

New Delhi: Positive cases of swine flu
among three of its students has prompted certain schools in
the city to shut down classes for a few days on Monday onwards.

Classes of the CBSE affiliated Vishwa Bharati Public
School in Dwarka, Heritage Grove Public School in Vasant Kunj
and Banyan Tree School, at the Lodhi Colony Institutional area
were suspended after three students of the schools tested
positive for the H1N1 virus.

Vishwa Bharati Public School in Dwarka has suspended
all classes for two days, Heritage Grove Public School in
Vasant Kunj has done the same for a week`s time and Banyan
Tree School in south Delhi has suspended classes only
for standard IX for a week`s time, sources in the three
schools said today.

As a precautionary measure, Banyan Tree School
administration has also asked students travelling in the
bus,in which the H1N1 virus infected student travelled, to go
on leave for a week.

"We have shut down class IX for a week after being
informed that one of the student of this class tested positive
for swine flu virus," an official with the Banyan Tree School
said adding "they have been asked to join school from
September 14."

"The management has also asked the bus travelling on a
particular route to suspend its services for a week`s time and
students who travelled along with the infected student have
been asked to stay at home till September 13," the school
official said.

The class VII and VIII of Banyan Tree School remained
shut down today for the same reasons. Students of these two
classes are on leave since September 1, after one student of
class VIII tested positive for the virus.

The condition of this student is reported to be
improving.

The school had earlier on September 1, completely shut
down and authorities disinfected and fumigated the whole
school.

Heritage Grove Public School has sent out circulars
and SMS`s to all students which read, "School will remain
closed till September 14 as a safeguard against swine flu as
the first case of the school was reported today morning."

Dr Anjan Prakash, the nodal officer for swine flu
management in Delhi said "There is no rigid instruction for
schools to follow in regard to action against swine flu virus.
Depending on the situation they can decide what to do."

Bureau Report



First Published: Monday, September 7, 2009 - 19:04

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