School to Remain Closed this Week Following Probable Case of H1N1 Virus

May 05, 2009

Our Lady of Victory School, 4755 Whitehaven Parkway, NW, Washington, DC will remain closed for the remainder of the week after a probable case of the H1N1 virus (“swine flu”) was identified in a staff member at the school.

The initial decision to close the school, made late Monday evening, was re-evaluated Tuesday afternoon in light of new recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that schools did not have to close. In a conference call with educators this afternoon, the CDC indicated this recommendation was general and should be evaluated by a local school system in consultation with the local health department.

The District of Columbia Department of Health has recommended that Our Lady of Victory School remain closed for 72 hours, through Thursday, May 7. The school already was scheduled to be closed on Friday and so it will reopen on Monday, May 11.

This will allow time to continue to monitor the health of the school community and ensure that there are no additional cases of probable H1N1 virus.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has information about the virus online, as does the DC Department of Health.

Our Lady of Victory School has 190 students from PreK-Grade 8. There are 98 Catholic schools in the District of Columbia, and Calvert, Charles, Montgomery, Prince George’s and St. Mary’s counties in Maryland.

Contact:
Susan Gibbs or Kathy Dempsey
Office of Communications
301-853-4515 or 301-853-4519
[email protected]