This story starts with a memo — one that went home with ninth graders at a Chicago-area high school. It outlines what kids need for swim class. Bring a suit. Bring a towel. Nose plug optional.
And then, at the very bottom, in a long section about being “medically excused” from swimming, the memo says this, in bold:
“Only notes from a medical doctor other than Dr. Fong will be accepted.”
Who is Dr. Fong? And why has his medical advice been deemed unacceptable?
WBEZ’s Linda Lutton tracked down the gym teacher who wrote the memo — and traversed Chicago for Dr. Fong — to find out.
This episode of WBEZ Presents is a special rebroadcast of a December 2015 story by WBEZ’s Linda Lutton.
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