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Swine flu school closings could cost billions

WASHINGTON (AP) - A think tank report finds that swine flu-related school closings could cost a bundle.

The government is urging schools to close only as a last resort, such as when large numbers of kids or staffers come down with swine flu.

A report by the Brookings Institution Center on Social and Economic Dynamics estimates the cost of closing all schools in the U.S. for four weeks would be between $10 billion to $47 billion. Brookings calls that a conservative estimate.

The report also notes that keeping kids home from school would require parents to stay home from work too, and some of those parents are health care workers.

The Education Department says that in the month since classes began this year, there have been at least 187 school dismissals across the country affecting at least 79,678 students.

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  • by worried Location: kentucky on Oct 15, 2009 at 12:38 PM
    Yeah I totally agree. They should shut schools down from this and it shouldn't matter about the money they lose, they should worry about how many lives they could save from this. There have been deaths from the swine flu and nobody still cares about it, all they care about is the money. I think they really should shut schools down long enough to get this situation under control.
  • by Jennifer Location: Kentucky on Oct 1, 2009 at 01:26 PM
    How can the governemnt think about money while H1N1 is taking over. The government should rather make sure that each classroom has a bathroom for our children to at least try to prevent of getting the flu. It is a shame that all the government thinks about is money! The entire world is worrid about the ongoing flu and the deaths it's causing.
  • by Kentucky Parent on Sep 30, 2009 at 08:14 PM
    The government doesn't care about our children but the almighty dollar. They sugar coat everything and expect it to go away. It's not!!! It's here. Our children, our friends and our family are in danger.


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