Schools report possible flu cases

Staff reports

Ascension Parish Schools officials said Thursday that 24 students have been absent from school in recent days due to flu-like symptoms.

Officials reported nine cases of possible flu Wednesday, according to a release from Superintendent Donald Songy.

The cases have not been confirmed as H1N1, or swine flu, he said.

These students attend the following schools: Central Middle, Donaldsonville High, Duplessis Primary, Dutchtown High, Dutchtown Middle, Dutchtown Primary, East Ascension High, G.W. Carver Primary, Gonzales Middle, Lakeside Primary, Oak Grove Primary, St. Amant High, St. Amant Middle and St. Amant Primary.

Two of the students have been cleared by a physician to return to school, Songy said.

Parents are encouraged to report any confirmed cases of the flu to school administrators as soon as a diagnosis is made.

Students with flu-like symptoms are asked not to attend school.

District officials are working with local and state health officials to monitor the situation, Songy said.

All schools will remain open and operate normally, he added.

"The health and well-being of our students and employees is our highest priority," Songy said.

For more information, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Web site at www.cdc.gov/swineflu or the state Department of Health and Hospitals Web site at dhh.state.la.us.