All classes and activities at private school Montgomery Bell Academy have been cancelled until further notice, following the Nashville Health Department’s finding that a student at the school probably has swine flu.
The swine flu case is not definite — the Health Department has said the likelihood that the student has the illness is about 80 percent, according to information from MBA.
“After investigating this issue extensively, I have concluded that we have no recourse except to close MBA up to seven days or further notice,” wrote MBA Headmaster Bradford Gioia in a letter posted on the school’s Web site. “This edict is an order from the city and state health department, and this opinion has been confirmed with the state infectious disease experts.”
All school functions are cancelled effective immediately. While some staff members will be able to visit MBA facilities to update families about the situation, groups of students and staff are not permitted to convene until further notice. School will be reopened Friday, May 8, unless new information is issued in the mean time.
Visit Metro Health Department's Web site for more information about the swine flu virus and recommendations for Middle Tennesseans.