Independence School District's summer vacation started Wednesday.

A confirmed case of swine flu did not keep students away from their last day of school at Luff Elementary School in Independence.

“There was not a markedly higher number of kids absent today,” said Nancy Lewis, public information director for the Independence School District. “I think parents have a good understanding of what this type of flu is and its severity compared to the traditional type of flu.”

Independence Superintendent Jim Hinson confirmed Tuesday that there was one case of the H1N1 flu, more commonly referred to as the swine flu, in the Independence School District.

The fourth grader at Luff Elementary has been out of school since May 20, and is “doing fine” said Hinson. It is unclear how the girl came into contact with the H1N1 virus. She did not return to school for the last day.

“There are no other confirmed cases at this time,” Hinson said. “We are following CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) guidelines. We do not believe there is an ongoing threat.”

Wednesday marked the last day of school for not only students in the Independence School District, but many others in Eastern Jackson County including Fort Osage and Grain Valley.

Summer school begins next week.

Lewis confirmed that commonly touched surfaces at Luff Elementary had been cleaned and disinfected Tuesday night, although the action was not recommended by the CDC. Because Luff will not serve as a summer school site this year, no other action was taken.

Principal Toni Kilgore would not comment on the atmosphere at Luff Wednesday and referred all questions to the Independence School District Central Office.

“The kids were all in good spirits,” Lewis said of the last day of school. “I think people are much more informed now and more aware of this virus than a couple of months ago.”

For more information on the H1N1 swine flu, including possible symptoms, visit the CDC Web site at