23 June 2009

What Now?

We're on Week 2 now of no-school because of the swine flu scare. The government is supposed to announce today whether or not this forced homeschooling will get an extension. Many are betting that the schools will be closed for the duration of the summer. While I think that that is the likely scenario, especially given that most schools' academic year finishes at the end of June, I am still hoping that classes will resume. Josh still has another month to go before his school's academic year ends.

I just found out today that for some reason, the pre-nursery classes and other (non-school) centers offering playgroups and classes are exempt from this forced closure. So, on the one hand you have all the schools closing down and then you have some of the aforementioned centers opening up more classes to accommodate these suddenly "displaced" children.

From a commercial standpoint, I do understand that these centers are merely capitalizing on an opportunity. I know that at the end of the day, as parents, we decide on the wisdom of signing up our children for classes at these centers and possibly exposing our children to health risks that the government is trying to minimize by closing down the schools. My question is, what good is the government directive if it doesn't cover these centers as well?

And there's this:

"The Education Bureau (EDB) will keep in close contact with the DH on the latest developments. Announcements will be made on or before June 23 as to whether classes can be resumed as scheduled or suspension of classes need to be extended and any other necessary arrangements."

Today is June 23. It's now 8:30pm and still, no news.


Jenjen @GottaLoveMom said...

Flu has affected a lot of families here, too, but no one has truly tested anyone for swine flu.

I hope your govt resolves this problem soon..

Thanks for the visit - I'll be in and out . IT's superbly hectic all the way through July!

Thanks for the visit as always!

Tess said...

I havent been thinking about the Swine flu thing since it hasnt been so popular on tv. Hope it is resolved.
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Leslie said...

I hope they open soon!

Missed your blog

ModernMom said...

Yikes! That is scary:) Sending healthy thoughts your way!

Lindy said...


The expense and coordination involved in shutting down schools has to enormous.

I would be hurting big time if that happened here and I was forced to find childcare.

Mrs. Fish: aka Two Fish said...

Scary and a pain in the neck all at the same time. I love how the health department seems to pick and choose what will close. YIKES. I know some schools in our district were closed due to swine flu but not for such great lengths. Sending good karma your way!


BTW - did a my favorite blogs and reads....you are one of them!

Chocolate Covered Daydreams said...

I agree with you. Why expose the kids to it at day care centers? Yes, parents have to earn a living but then, open the schools up again and use extreme precautions.

Just A Mom (Call me JAM for short) said...

Oh my! Didn't realize that your schools have been closed for two weeks already. In Northern California we had a couple of days a few weeks back where they closed the school because one child had tested positive. In our area, it seems to have passed...

Found your blog through ModernMom. I'm following you and I grabbed your button for my blog!

Veronica Lee said...

So far, only 2 public schools have closed over here.
Sending positive thoughts your way!!

The Crazy Suburban Mom said...

My son just graduated but had a friend (in his school - his grade) admitted to the hospital with it about a week or so ago. No school closing. Im not sure I get what the rules are


Jennifer said...

Wow, still? I hope there is some resolution. But I also hope that all the kids there are well.

Flying Giggles and Lollipops said...

Wow, this is still going on? hopefully all works out for everyone!

Mahmee said...

Yeah, that sounds a bit inconsistent. We just had our first under 5 child death here of the swine flu....and that freaked me out (as well as saddened me). It's tough to relax a bit over this stuff when I just want to wrap my kid up in a plastic bubble. Fortunately for her, I have no idea where to get a plastic bubble. Ha.
I hope things improve there soon!

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