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August 24, 2009

Preparing for H1N1

If a school system sends home dozens of students in the face of an H1N1 outbreak, how would students keep up with their classwork? It is a question that the U.S. Department of Education is asking and directing school districts to start carefully considering.

At a news conference today in Washington, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan suggested school systems might want to wade into some new technology and consider providing online classes or live classes with video coming over the Internet to students at home. At a more basic level, the schools might have technology that would allow a teacher to have a conference call with many students at the same time. School systems, the guidance said, might also arrange with book publishers to provide instructional materials to students if they are out for a long period.

Of course, the department also suggested the obvious: packets of homework materials that could be sent home in case of an H1N1 outbreak.

With everything teachers and administrators have to do these days, is this extra planning an important step or a nuisance contingency? How many teachers think they would be able to communicate effectively with students in the case of a school closing for a couple of weeks? How proficient are schools at getting a lot of material onto their Web sites?

Posted by Liz Bowie at 7:05 PM | | Comments (5)
Categories: Around the Nation


Lessee...The symptoms of novel H1N1 flu virus in people include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. A significant number of people who have been infected with this virus also have reported diarrhea and vomiting. So...between the fever, coughing up a lung, and sprinting for the john, kids are going to do their homework. Right. Lovingly printed by the substitute, (on his/her own nickel) for the regular teacher who is at home working on next week's test - between the fever, coughing, and running for the john. Better yet, prop 'em all up in front of the computer, so the sick teacher can WEBCAST the class for all the sick kids. NO SLEEPING GUYS!!! Honestly, what planet exactly, do our political appointees live on??

Hey why don't people use homeopathy more. The French spend 7 million a year on a remedy that protects them and reduces the symptoms? Especially interesting when this flu has the cytokine storm. Vast majority of people die from pneumonia and not swine flu. MOre info at stargate nutrition blog

I believe the concept is that students are supposed to stay out of school for at least 7 days from the onset of symptoms, but that most people will feel better after 3 or 4 days. That means that you will have 3 to 4 days of quarantine where you will likely be feeling better. This would be the time where you would be trying to catch up with schoolwork. Sitting around for 3-4 days is a long time and being able to do schoolwork might prevent kids from going back to school before the 7 days are up. Even if you are unable to do any catch-up work while you are out, having the packets would allow students to catch up eventually.

I'm no public health expert, but it makes sense to me.

This shows how out of touch the Secr of Ed is. Even if schools could get the info and videos on line, many student won't be able to view. (I'm only on dial-up.) This will only increase the disparity between the 'haves' and 'have nots'. More could be done for less with a ditto machine and a postage stamp. Typical Manager! It's easier to pontificate about expensive technology than to just plain teach.

Swine Flu... any flu....sick kids. Here is the scoop. Committees met all summer and came up with reccomendations which look great on paper. Hand sanitizer,soap, hot water, paper towels, tissues, and special wipes to clean computer keyboards and mice several times a day! Now, in the City we get NONE of the above mentioned. Parents send a few things at the beginning of the year. After that, teachers are on their own. I spent about $60.00 on my start of the year supply of the above mentioned and will replenish weekly to some degree. Does this sound reasonable? I cant afford to provide for myself and my class.classroom. This is no plan! Schools need to clean everyday.(custodians) Parents need to send well kids to school ad keep them supplied with the above. And most of all, if your kid is sick;feverish and throwing up when you send them to school..DON'T! This is neglect. And it endangers children and staff! Now, don't boo-hoo about working! We all are!

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