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Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Press Release # 033-09
Tuesday, May 26, 2009

CONTACT:
Jessica Scaperotti (DOHMH) - (212) 788-5290
Margie Feinberg (DOE) - (212) 374-5141


Health Commissioner Frieden and Schools Chancellor Klein Announce City Will Close Five More Schools in Response to Increased Flu-like Symptoms

May 26, 2009 – Health Commissioner Thomas R. Frieden and Schools Chancellor Joel I. Klein today announced that the City Health Department has recommended closing five more schools, one in Queens, one in Manhattan, two in Brooklyn and one in the Bronx after documenting an unusually high amount of influenza-like illness over a number of days. The five schools will be closed as of tomorrow, Wednesday, May 27.  All schools will reopen on Monday, June 1.

The five schools are:

  • Q811 (42 students) at 822, a small building in St. Albans for students with disabilities. Only closing Q811 at 822, not at other locations. A total of six students were documented with influenza-like illness during the last school day and today.
  • P.S. 128 (Audubon School, 786 students) in Washington Heights. A total of 10 students were documented with influenza-like illness today and a total of 30 since last week.
  • 231K (123 students), a school for students with disabilities at P.S./I.S. 180, a general education school in Bensonhurst. Only closing the special education part of the building, not the entire P.S./I.S. 180  building. A total of five students were documented with influenza-like illness during the last school day and today.
  • P.S. 68 (791 students) in Wakefield. A total of 12 students were documented with influenza-like illness today and a total of 40 since last week.
  • 369K (150 students), a school for students with disabilities at 369 Coy L. Cox School in Boerum Hill. Only closing the special education part of the building, not the entire building. A total of seven students were documented with influenza-like illness during the last school day and today.

For information on the complete list of school closings, see the link below:
http://schools.nyc.gov/Home/Spotlight/closures.htm

Information on closed schools with District 75 programs is available on the link below:
http://schools.nyc.gov/Offices/District75/OurSchools/offsitesqueens.htm

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