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Schools told to set up ‘quarantine rooms’ for swine flu pupils

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Joanna Sugden
London Times
Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Private schools should set up “quarantine rooms” for pupils suspected of having swine flu, according to legal advice issued to the Independent Schools Council today.

Pupils across the country may have to sit exams in isolation, at home, or be given grades based on past work rather than take exams this summer if the swine flu epidemic escalates. If the situation becomes extreme the Department of Health could issue an order to close all schools.

So far five schools have closed their doors after pupils contracted the virus. Dolphin school in Battersea, South London, is the first primary and nursery to shut and the latest to report cases.

There are fears that hundreds more may close as the flu spreads causing exam chaos when GCSEs and A levels begin in earnest next week. Some exams were timetabled for this week but have had to be delayed at schools affected by the virus.

If the virus continues to spread and more schools close, pupils may have to sit exams in isolation to prevent the further spread of the virus according to Ofqual – the exams regulator.

Alleyn’s, the £13,437 a year school in Dulwich, said it was rescheduling A-level exams in art, biology and foreign languages for next week after the sixth pupil went down with the flu.

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