Lodi School Closures

by Free Speech on May 18, 2009

Lodi, WI~

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Lodi, WI -5/18/09

Lodi Primary AND Elementary Schools will be closed beginning Tuesday, May 19, 2009 through Friday, May 22, 2009.  Both Schools will reopen on Tuesday, May 26th, following the Memorial Day holiday.

Lodi Middle AND High Schools will be closed on Tuesday, May 19th while health officials evaluate the situation.  Any further updates will be posted to the school district website and the local TV and radio stations.

Late Friday afternoon, May 15, as buses were boarding, we received notice from the Columbia County Health Department that there are four (4) confirmed cases of H1N1, commonly referred to as the Swine Flu, among students at Lodi Elementary School. We also had one case each, at Lodi Primary School and Lodi Area Middle School. There are currently no confirmed cases at the high school. A special team of committed staff members and volunteers thoroughly sanitized surfaces, keyboards, door handles, switch-plates, etc. in all schools over the weekend. 
On Monday, May 18, 2009, the absentee level at Lodi Elementary School exceeded 26%. In consultation with public health officials and the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, we determined the best course of action is closure of the school. When the district gains permission from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction to close school due to a public health issue, the district is not required to make up the days of instruction. All elementary fieldtrips, after school activities, and homework will be canceled for the remainder of this week.

The rest of the district schools will remain open as usual unless circumstances change in those schools.

We will continue to use the district website (www.lodi.k12.wi.us) to post important information and recommendations for parents and their children. Parents are advised to review the information already posted on the district website under H1N1.

Elderly and people with compromised immune systems may want to avoid coming to school until further notice. Parents may also want to exercise caution in bringing infants and very young children into the schools, when dropping off or picking up other family members who attend school.  Additionally, anyone with influenza symptoms should immediately refrain from attending public events and gatherings to aid in slowing the spread of the flu.  Symptoms include fever (100 °), with a cough and/or sore throat, body aches, chills. Individuals who are still sick 7 days after they become ill should continue to stay home from work or school until at least 24 hours after symptoms have resolved.

We are working very closely with officials from the Columbia County Health Department and acting upon all of their recommendations as quickly as possible. These recommendations are also posted to our website.

These are uncharted waters for families, communities, schools, and children. It is at times like these we can appreciate the number one strength of our community, each other. We wish everyone well and a speedy recovery as we deal with the unknowns associated with the H1N1 virus.

Sincerely,

Michael J. Shimshak            Terry R. Haag, R.N.
District Administrator            School Nurse

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1 just sayen May 19, 2009 at 9:32 AM

they should close the schools anyway because theres so many siblings in the high school who are in contact with kids who are in the classes of the ones who have came in contact with h1n1.

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