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Statement from Secretary of Education Arne Duncan Regarding Flu and Its Impact on Schools

Massie Ritsch, (202) 401-1576
Sandra Abrevaya, (202) 401-1576

The following is a statement by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on the recent flu outbreak and its impact on schools.

"All of us involved in schools—school leaders, teachers, parents and students—need to pitch in and do our part to prevent the spread of this flu virus. Use the same common sense and courtesy that you would use during winter flu season: Wash your hands, cover your mouth when you cough, and stay home if you are sick.

"The Department of Education is closely monitoring this flu outbreak and will remain a resource for all of our nation's schools, but schools and districts should follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and be in close communication with their local public health authorities and political leadership. Do what is appropriate for the health of your communities, your schools and your students."