The province has taken a less aggressive approach to how it will report confirmed H1N1 cases in schools to parents. After saying that that information would not be released publicly regarding flu virus outbreaks, another system has been set up to warn parents of unusual absentee rates at their children’s schools.
Education, Citizenship and Youth Minister Peter Bjornson made the announcement today. “We are ensuring that parents have the information they need to make informed decisions regarding the health and safety of their children,” said Bjornson. “Being aware of abnormal levels of absenteeism will also remind parents to take proper precautions, such as ensuring that children with flu-like symptoms remain home and that alternate arrangements for child care should be made.”
Parents can find the information they need to determine whether their child should attend classes on the school division websites, which will be updated daily. The details will not report flu-like illnesses, but only absenteeism, which could be related to other circulating viruses, even during flu season, or may be for non-medical reasons.