LI schools ready for renewed swine flu threat

As the beginning of the school year nears, districts across Long Island and the country are gearing up for another possible battle with swine flu.

Superintendents across the Island say they've been meeting with county health officials to devise recommendations for their schools. They include encouraging better hygiene among students, improving communication with parents and working to identify outbreaks of the H1N1 virus.

Rep. Steve Israel (D-Huntington) says he is introducing a bill called the School Protection Act of 2009, which would create a fund to help train school employees and nurses as first responders in dealing with a potential H1N1 outbreak.

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