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School district proactive to keep swine flu at bay

July 30, 2009
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LONGVIEW, TX — Though the Longview Independent School District (LISD) is not expecting an outbreak of H1N1 influenza (swine flu), every precaution is being taken to clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces through the district''s schools before students return for the 2009 school year, according to the Longview News-Journal.
The LISD custodial staff has spent the entire summer meticulously cleaning every campus and has a plan in place to cover any situation that may arise, the story stated.
Brian Bowman, LISD spokesman, said: "We will be very proactive in doing our part to prevent the virus from spreading throughout the Longview community and throughout LISD. Our custodial staff always does a great job of cleaning and disinfecting our schools and anything our students may come in contact with, and this will be no different with the new school year starting."
The district is working to ensure that there are extra cleaning supplies on each campus for the school year and is using alcohol-based hand-washing products that contain a microbial disinfectant, the story noted.
Hand sanitizers will be prominently displayed in each classroom throughout the district and proper hygiene and hand-washing will be stressed as a way to prevent the spread of viruses and bacteria, the story added.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there is no vaccine available to protect against the H1N1 virus, so it is extremely important to wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after coughing or sneezing.
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