Episcopal High School Closed, Student Tests Positive For Swine Flu; Two HISD Schools Closed Until Further Notice

April 30, 2009

Episcopal High School has closed through the weekend and the campus will remain locked due to a student testing positive for swine flu. Houston Independent School District’s Harvard Elementary School and Hamilton Middle School are also closed until further notice, due to “probable” cases of swine flu.


Episcopal sent a letter home with parents informing them of the closure, after learning of the student’s illness through Harris County. According to the school, the infected student was at school this week because of the flu-like symptoms, but the student’s mother said the student was feeling better.


The school closed in compliance with directives of the Harris County Public Health and Environmental Services Department, and will reopen as soon as advised to do so by Harris County administrators.


The principals of both Harvard Elementary School and Hamilton Middle School sent out automated phone messages advising of the closure shortly after midnight to parents and staff. Parents and staff were advised that if anyone in their household develops any flu-like symptoms such as fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue that they should seek medical treatment.


Information concerning swine flu is available from the Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization here:  



InstantNewsWestu Staff

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