6 confirmed H1N1 cases in Del. school

October 14, 2009 10:54:20 AM PDT
A charter school in Wilmington, Delaware is closed today after six cases of H1N1 were confirmed at the school.

The Kuumba Academy, located on the 500 block North Market Street, will remain closed through the rest of the week due to a large number of students and staff out with flu like symptoms.

Parents received a letter on Tuesday informing them of the illnesses and instructing them not to send students to school today.

The school has students ages K-5

On Monday, 32 of the 250 students enrolled at the school reported absent. Of the 32 students absent, 21 were for illness; six students were confirmed as having H1N1. That same day, two staff members were sent home with fever exceeding 100 degrees.

On Tuesday, even more students and staff were absent ? 37 students in all. Ten other students were sent home with fevers exceeding 100 degrees.

Two staff members were also sent home with high fever. Six additional staff members indicated they were suffering from flu-like symptoms and would not report to school today. In all, 12 of 32 staff members were unable to report to work today.

Kuumba Academy will reopen on Monday, October 19th.

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