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Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Press Release # 035-09
Thursday, May 28, 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 Six More Schools in Response to Increased Flu-like Symptoms

May 28, 2009 – Health Commissioner Thomas R. Frieden and Schools Chancellor Joel I. Klein today announced that the City Health Department has recommended closing six more schools - four in East Harlem, and two in Brooklyn - after documenting unusually high levels of influenza-like illness over a number of days. The six schools will be closed as of Friday, May 29, and will reopen on Wednesday,  June 3.

The six schools are:

  • P.S. 83 (The Luis Munoz Rivera School, 436 students) in East Harlem, which is collocated with P.S. 182 (The Bilingual Bicultural School, 424 students). The schools documented 25 cases of influenza-like illness among students on Wednesday and Thursday. 
  • P.S. 503 (The Discovery School, 818 students) in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, which is collocated with P.S. 506 (The School of Journalism and Technology, 762 students). The schools documented 37 cases of influenza-like illness among students on Wednesday and Thursday.
  • P.S. 155 (The William Paca School, 413 students) in East Harlem, which includes P169 (80 students). P169@P155 is a school for students with disabilities. The schools documented 14 cases of influenza-like illness among students this week.

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

Information on closed schools with District 75 programs, see:
http://schools.nyc.gov/Offices/District75/OurSchools/offsitesqueens.htm

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