Students ignore orders to avoid each other

May 4, 2009 5:56:54 PM PDT
After a student at Tamalpais High School came down with a probable case of H1N1 flu, the Mill Valley school closed and students were asked to stay away from each other. But some students ignored the order and teachers had to report to work anyway.

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With their school closed and classes canceled, some Tamalpais High School students held court at a local coffee shop.

"It's kind of a film project so we kind of have to, but I'm not too worried, about it, I think that it should be fine," senior Jedel Benson said.

Despite a request from school officials not to congregate on their days off, some students did.

"Well, I'd like to say that I wouldn't go hang out with my friends, but that's not really a possibility, I'm just going to go hang out with them anyway," freshman Andrew Henn said.

While the students were away, teachers at Tamalpais were expected to show up for work, but only after meeting with local health officials.

"According to the Marin County Department of Health and CDC, there's a greater concern for contaminant among younger people, as far as hygiene is concerned, the fact that they spread germs, the feeling is that our staff is completely safe," Principal Tom Drescher said.

Although she declined to appear on camera, one teacher told us she and some of her colleagues did not feel safe on campus, fearing they might bring the flu virus home to their families.

At Berkeley's Malcolm X Elementary School, teachers and students both have the week off. That means some parents will also have to take time off from their jobs to watch their kids.

"If there's a hardship with child care, we'll deal with it if it comes up," Principal Cheryl Chinn said.

CDC guidelines recommend that schools with students that have probable or confirmed H1N1 cases stay closed for 14 days, but Tamalpais High School will reopen Thursday, May 7.

Bahia Vista Elementary School in San Rafael will reopen Tuesday, May 5, after tests revealed the child with a suspected H1N1 case just had a case of common flu.

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