State health administrators are asking all Virginia school districts to report daily absences among students and employees in an attempt to help them track flu patterns.
The policy is part of an effort to manage flu cases as the state's 1.2 million public school students return to school.
A spokesperson for the Virginia Department of Health explains that by tracking absences, they can look for unusual patterns that could serve as early signs of possible clusters of H1N1 illnesses.
Schools will submit the date, student enrollment, student absences, faculty and staff employment, and faculty and staff absences. Names and other personal information won't be included.
Meymo Lyons reports...