Sections

Flu scare shuts Fort Greene school

The Brooklyn Paper
Share on TwitterTweet
Share on Facebook
Subscribe

Get our stories in your inbox, free.

Like The Brooklyn Paper on Facebook.

MS 113 reopened on Wednesday, six days after the Department of Health shut the Adelphi Street junior high school after 18 students exhibited flu-like symptoms.

No cases of swine flu were confirmed, but given last week’s H1N1 virus hysteria, 145 students and many teachers skipped classes last Thursday, prompting the city to close the school, according to Councilwoman Letitia James (D–Clinton Hill), who had discussed the “precaution­ary” closure at a meeting of the Society for Clinton Hill later that night.

The Health Department said the students “were documented with an influenza-like illness during the last four school days,” but not H1N1.

The Department of Education had said from the outset that the school would reopen on Wednesday and, indeed, it did.

Parents told The Brooklyn Paper that they were confident that the school was safe for their children.

MS 113 was the only Brooklyn school to cancel classes last week, but the city did shutter five other public schools around the city last Thursday, following 22 earlier shutdowns, most of them in Queens.

Today’s news:
Share on TwitterTweet
Share on Facebook
Subscribe

Get our stories in your inbox, free.

Like The Brooklyn Paper on Facebook.

Reader Feedback

Pat from Williamsburg says:
IS 318 in Williamsburg was the first Brooklyn school shut down. It was closed all last week.
May 23, 2009, 11:40 am
Lawrence Gordon says:
Why is H1N1 "dreaded". It appears to be much more benign than previous influenzas. Also, were the cases not confirmed because no testing was done? I want more facts.
May 27, 2009, 5:04 pm

Enter your comment below

By submitting this comment, you agree to the following terms:

You agree that you, and not BrooklynPaper.com or its affiliates, are fully responsible for the content that you post. You agree not to post any abusive, obscene, vulgar, slanderous, hateful, threatening or sexually-oriented material or any material that may violate applicable law; doing so may lead to the removal of your post and to your being permanently banned from posting to the site. You grant to BrooklynPaper.com the royalty-free, irrevocable, perpetual and fully sublicensable license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, perform and display such content in whole or in part world-wide and to incorporate it in other works in any form, media or technology now known or later developed.

First name
Last name
Your neighborhood
Email address
Daytime phone

Your letter must be signed and include all of the information requested above. (Only your name and neighborhood are published with the letter.) Letters should be as brief as possible; while they may discuss any topic of interest to our readers, priority will be given to letters that relate to stories covered by The Brooklyn Paper.

Letters will be edited at the sole discretion of the editor, may be published in whole or part in any media, and upon publication become the property of The Brooklyn Paper. The earlier in the week you send your letter, the better.

This week’s featured advertisers