Schools prepare for swine flu as new year begins

By Crystal Price - bio | email

DERIDDER, LA (KPLC) - Today while the halls of DeRidder High School were empty, custodians took the last day of summer vacation to sanitize the classrooms.

Students head back to school Friday, and school officials are taking extra precautions when it comes to preparing for swine flu.

"There was such a publicity of swine flu last year and the main problem we face is a great fear because we didn't know what the problem was going to entail for us," says Rita Mann, Superintendent of Beauregard Parish Schools.

Beauregard Schools are also reminding the students to wash their hands regularly and to use proper coughing and sneezing etiquette.

After hearing about the swine flu cases in central Louisiana, DeRidder High School is also taking extra precautions in the football locker room.

"We are disinfecting our locker room, keeping our cloth clean, and we wash everything daily," says Eric Parnley, DeRidder High School football coach.

If swine flu were to break out, Superintendent Mann says the school would turn to professional medical help from the CDC.

In the meantime, the Beauregard schools plan to instill proper hygiene care among the students and to have the school spic and span for Friday's first class.

For more information on how you can better prepare for the swine flu virus check out the special swine flu section on our health page.

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