August 25, 2009
U.S. Department of Education Announces Recommendations on the Continuity of Learning in Case of Flu Outbreak
New recommendations on the continuity of learning in the event of student absences or school closures due to seasonal flu or H1N1 outbreaks were announced on August 24, 2009 by the U.S. Department of Education. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius noted, “Our top priority is making sure that [students] have a way to get well, stay well and to keep learning. With these recommendations, we’re providing a menu of strategies for educators to help ensure that the learning process will continue.” The recommendations suggest that educators prepare take-home assignments in advance for distribution to affected students and use the Internet and telephones to post homework materials, conduct classes, share information and keep teachers, parents and students in the loop. The department is working with Google, Apple, Microsoft, Scholastic Inc., Pearson, Curriki, the International Association for Online Learning and other private sector partners, and service providers to make continuity of learning resources like pre-printed lesson plans, conference call services, webinar support, podcasting, and virtual classrooms more affordable and accessible for educators.
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