Resources for Schools on Swine Flu
A growing number of resources are available online for information on schools and swine flu. The U.S. Department of Education had set up a Web site on influenza, and is posting relevant information for educators on the department blog, including a recording of a recent conference call between school leaders and federal officials. The department is offering a guide for planning for pandemic flu in a school setting, and has set up an e-mail address, firstname.lastname@example.org, for education leaders and school staff to ask questions and report any closings because of swine flu.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention also has a number of resources on the swine flu. Its comprehensive page includes guidance for K-12 school dismissal, the use of face masks in schools, and resources for community mitigation of the flu.
As far as nongovernmental resources, curriculum developer Health Teacher recently posted 7 actions schools can take to guard against swine flu. The National Association of School Psychologists developed a resource guide for talking with children about swine flu. This is also available as a podcast.