Swine flu: Schools shut classes, bus service in Delhi
Last Updated: Monday, September 07, 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 07, 2009, 19:04

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