Parents in at least one school district aren't finding out about closures because of the language barrier.
As yet another local school is added to the list of those closed for Thursday, one neighborhood is dealing with the swine flu in two languages.
PS 161 in Morningside Heights will close Thursday after 33 students are reported to be experiencing flu-like symptoms there in recent days.
"(Tuesday) night, teachers and staff were calling parents from 6 and 7 o'clock until 10 o'clock at night to let them know school was closed," Martinez said.
There are no confirmed cases at the school, but scores of students were absent with the flu. Martinez said part of the problem is that swine flu notifications are getting lost in translation.
"All the postings that went up around the school building and the information given to parents were in English," Martinez said.
So far, four people have died with swine flu in New York. Health officials couldn't go into details about what the victims had in common, only that each had a pre-existing health issue.
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