Confirmed H1N1 in two Southwest students

LINDEN HILLS — Two Southwest High School students tested positive for the H1N1 influenza virus, Principal Bill Smith wrote to parents in a letter posted on the school’s website.

Smith wrote the infections were confirmed Tuesday night, and that the students will remain out of school until they recover. Classes at Southwest were not cancelled.

The district no longer plans to automatically close schools in response to confirmed or probable cases of H1N1 influenza, the virus commonly known as swine flu. Despite early concerns of a pandemic, health experts say the virus is acting like an ordinary, seasonal flu and is not particularly severe.

Emerson Spanish Immersion Learning Center was closed earlier this week when district officials reported a probable H1N1 case linked to that school near Downtown. The school was to be closed all week, but reopened today after the Minnesota Department of Health shifted its stance on school closings.

Lake Harriet Community School remained open after a probable H1N1 case was reported there earlier this week. To read the letter from Smith, visit the Southwest High School website: southwest.mpls.k12.mn.us/