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EDB announces 14-day class suspension of Australian International School Hong Kong

     The Education Bureau (EDB) announced today (June 16) that Australian International School Hong Kong in Kowloon Tong would be suspended for 14 days between tomorrow (June 17) and June 30 (Tuesday).

     The decision was made after a joint assessment by EDB and the Department of Health (DH) upon confirmation that two Grade 8 students of the school had contracted human swine influenza (HSI).

     DH was actively tracing students and teachers who might have been in contact with the contracted students and would offer treatment to and necessary medical surveillance for those in need.

     An EDB spokesman said the school had activated its Crisis Management Team to handle matters relating to class suspension. The school had issued a letter to notify parents of various arrangements.

     While the school term will end on June 26, the school premises would be closed all through the class suspension period.  The school had also reminded its students to avoid going to crowded places during the class suspension period.

     The spokesman added that the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department would arrange cleansing and disinfection of the school premises.

     EDB will maintain close liaison with DH and the school to offer timely support and advice.

Ends/Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Issued at HKT 20:00


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