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  • Pathfinder
    Re: Parents worried after Memphis student dies from A/H1N11

    Calls pour into Memphis City Schools H1N1 hotline

    Posted: Sep 09, 2009 3:21 PM CDT


    Calls concerning the Swine Flu virus have been pouring into the Memphis City School District's call center.

    "There have been students, grandparents, uncles," said call center worker Tonya Daniel. "We've even had people from Texas calling."

    Roughly 350 calls have been coming in each day. Daniel said the district is doing what it can to calm everyone's fears.

    "We're going to try to calm you down," she said. "Take a deep breath and let's just talk this out."

    Daniel said many people became worried after an eight grade student at White Station Middle School died from the Swine Flu.

    "White Station is taking all the precautions to keep it contained and make sure everyone is safe," she said.

    According to district officials, approximately seven people are available 12 hours a day to take calls from residents concerned about the virus. There are also two nurses on staff ready to answer questions.

    "They're concerned about whether schools are being cleaned, concerned if buses are being cleaned," Daniel said.

    Memphis City Schools are hoping to keep the public informed by giving them the best information possible to help prevent the spread of the virus.

    "Keeping your hands clean, covering your nose and mouth when sneezing or anything, and isolating sick people," Daniel said.

    You can reach the Swine Flu hotline with your questions and concerns at 901-416-2569

    A spokesperson with the Shelby County Health Department said their hotline should be ready by Thursday.

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    Re: Parents worried after Memphis student dies from A/H1N11

    MCS Opens H1N1 Hotline for Parents

    Memphis City Schools opens a Swine Flu hotline to give parents a way to have their questions answered directly.

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    Parents worried after Memphis student dies from A/H1N11


    Parents worried after Memphis student dies from swine flu
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    Student swine flu death (9-8-09)

    By Lori Brown

    MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - One day after an East Memphis middle school student died from swine flu, local health officials held a news conference to address the concerns of Mid-South parents. But not everyone is pleased with the answers.

    Many parents are upset they first learned of the H1N1 death of a White Station Middle School from news outlets. A day after his death, the school did not make phone calls to parents or send flyers home.

    Parents say they're worried not enough is being done to make sure the school is free of the virus.

    "We're talking about something that's serious," said White Station Middle School parent Terry Glover. "This is a virus that can kill you."

    Some parents kept their kids home from school Tuesday.

    "My mom kept me home because she learned about the death of Michael Howse on TV," said White Station student Dylan Glover.

    During Tuesday's news conference, Supt. Dr. Kriner Cash said the district's schools are using federal sanitation guidelines in bathrooms, locker rooms and classrooms.

    He also said two Memphis City Schools have a 12% absence rate, but Cash didn't name those schools, and that left parents concerned.

    "I think I should have every right to know," Terry Glover said.

    Cash, along with the Memphis and Shelby County Health Department, said parents will not be alerted to a swine flu problem in their child's school until the absence rate reaches 25 percent.

    "I think it's too late then," said Terry Glover.

    Kathryn Cook said she thinks public schools should do what her private preschool does."They will be sent home if they're running a fever."

    Several weeks ago, White Station Middle School did senrd students home with a flyer advising parents to keep children home when they're running a fever.

    Meanwhile, students say hand sanitizer can be found just about everywhere at school.

    "We walk into the room, the teacher will make us put the hand sanitizer on," said student Joshua Delph, who added that the school restrooms are very clean.

    "They're better than most restaurants'," he said.

    The Health Department says hand sanitizer should be your second choice. You should always use warm soapy water whenever it is available.

    Click here for more information on H1N1 from CDC.