Ooops, I mean the N1H1 Virus that has NOTHING at all to do with processed pork products - my apologies to the pork industry...
I've gotten notes home from the elementary school about what symptoms to look for and how to teach your kids to wash their hands and sneeze into their sleeve. I don't have a problem with this.
The kids have all watched videos DEMONSTRATING the whole sleeve/cough thing. and if it's HALF as funny as when W re-enacted it for me at home - this was probably a great diversion from their regular educational endeavors!
I've been called in to a meeting to discuss the pandemic emergency response plan put in place by the school district. I was okay with this although I spent a good portion of the meeting wondering why I wasn't freaking out enough. Maybe because so many OTHER people were freaking out for me? Maybe there just isn't enough freak to go around?
Turns out that the local Health Dept is "considering" the closure of our schools. I personally don't think this is a big possibility as the nearest confirmed case of swine flu is hundreds of miles away. Combined with the fact that those confirmed cases are actually surprisingly mild - I'm chosen to conserve my freak.
If... errr... that's a big if - IF the schools are cancelled - the plan is that the kids will finish the rest of their school work via phone/internet and we won't go back until next August. As nice as this sounds... my font selector won't get the "if" get any larger... it's probably not going to happen.
The schools have bought out all the hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes from all of the local stores (I kid you not). I'm even okay with this - because there IS a lot of pneumonia, regular flu, and even whooping cough going around. Hey, sanitizing is just fine by me!
HOWEVER - what I am NOT okay with is the way some of the local kids are using freak willy nilly by claiming that so and so and so and so's cousin's hairdresser just went to Mexico and so we should probably quarantine them.
and it's not just the kids. My third grader came home with his backpacked CRAMMED full - apparently his teacher made them clean out their desks today - sent EVERYTHING home - art projects, etc... just in case school was cancelled. She told the class that the swine flu was worse than Cancer... or at least that's what my son thought after her class. I'm going to save all of my extra freak for her now... not for her to USE, but I'm pretty sure I'm going to go ballistic with her at some point... she is the same sweet teacher that informed the class last month that there is no such thing as the Easter Bunny. What? Did he catch N1H1? Grrrr...