Monday, May 18, 2009
Hundreds of kids absent at Maspeth's IS73
As concerns of swine flu heighten, officials from the teachers union and the health department are at I.S. 73 today in Maspeth, Queens, where hundreds of students are absent today. The authorities need to know if the students are actually sick or have been kept home to prevent them from catching the flu. Once they gather this information, they can decide which schools are going to close and which can stay open. At I.S. 73, 329 students out of more than 1,700 did not come to school today. Schools Chancellor Joel Klein and representatives from the American Federation of Teachers are asking the parents of I.S. 73 to call in if their children are absent.
The UFT has set up hotlines to track the outbreak.