80,000 children who attend the 140 schools which make up the Fort Worth Independent School District (FWISD) were told to stay home today to avoid spreading the Swine Flu.
The announcement came last night that FWISD, along with other districts, including private schools like Trinity Valley, will be closed until at least May 8. This is in addition to many other area schools closing, including the entire Cleburne district. This means countless Metroplex parents are scrambling around trying to figure out what to do with their children.
Undoubtably, businesses are suffering today as parents call in to take off work to stay with their children if childcare isn't readily available. It will be interesting to see how businesses are affected by the closings in this upcoming week.
The Swine Flu alert was elevated by the World Health Organization (WHO) to a level five alert, which is just one level away from a full-fledged world pandemic.
Texas already has 16 confirmed cases and the first U.S. death from the flu was a young child in Houston earlier this week.