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Press Release # 034-09
Wednesday, May 27, 2009

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

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

May 27, 2009 – Health Commissioner Thomas R. Frieden and Schools Chancellor Joel I. Klein today announced that the City Health Department has recommended closing one more school, P.S. 161 in Morningside Heights after documenting an unusually high amount of influenza-like illness over a number of days. The school will be closed as of tomorrow, Thursday, May 28.  The school will reopen on Tuesday, June 2.

The details for the school are:

  • P.S.161 (Pedro Albizu Campos School, 794 students) in Morningside Heights. A total of 33 students were documented with influenza-like illness yesterday and today.

For information on the complete list of school closings, see the link below:

Information on closed schools with District 75 programs is available on the link below: