WASHINGTON (AP) - Government health officials are announcing new swine-flu guidelines this morning, in an effort to help schools avoid the panic and confusion of last spring's oubreak.
Specifically, the administration wants to avoid the chaos that led to the closing of more than 700 schools in half the states. Among other things, officials will be issuing criteria for schools to follow when swine flu strikes.
Education Secretary Arne Duncan has said that closing schools should be "a last resort, not a first resort."
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Education Department will also discuss a new monitoring system to track school closures across the country.
Still up in the air is whether schools may eventually be turned into vaccine clinics, since children are on the priority list for the swine flu vaccine.
The virus has so far infected more than 1 million Americans.