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Schools prepare for swine flu

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KENNEWICK, Wash--  Many schools are gearing up for the first day of school.  They're also gearing up for fighting the H1N1 virus, or swine flu.

That means more hand sanitizers and information posters around school.  What we know about the virus hasn't changed; about the only thing that has changed is schools are better prepared than they were in the spring.

"When it first hit in the spring, we weren't sure what kind of severity we were dealing with and the immediate response in many places was to close the school if there was a reported case.   Now the Health Department tells us closing school is a last resort.   So that's different than what we experienced in the spring," says Lorraine Cooper with the Kennewick School District.

Cooper says if 20 percent of students are sick, the Health District gets a call.  She also says they're stocking up on substitute teachers.