Quick question: If you close schools due to possible H1N1 cases, won’t the contained group of those ‘possibly exposed’ be disbursed among all new groups thereby only branching out the reach and expanse of the likelihood of transmitting the virus?
Parents who work will scramble to shuffle children to daycare, thereby spreading the geographic reach of varying strains allowing them to mix and mingle in a virtual petre dish of fresh new hosts who haven’t spent the entire school year building-up immunities to each others bacterias and viruses.
If grandparents or other family elders can help, well their compromised immune system makes them a suitable host as babies would be in the daycare or other household where these displaced school children may end up.
Unless the ‘possibly infected’ or ‘carrier’ students are able to remain in their standard geographic and demographic locations you may just be spreading the seeds for more and more strains of this virus to spread.
Hopefully our own Commerce Secretary of Hearts will dynamically generate allowances and practices for both schools to remain open and households to maintain in tact, in ~quarantine if you will, during any bout of influenza as possible containment measures.