In just a few short weeks flu season will be in full swing. In light of last year’s swine flu scares many schools around the country are beefing up their pandemic procedures, and evaluating what role technology can play in ensuring continuity of learning in the event of long-term school closures. In anticipation of the season, the International Association for K-12 Online Learning, or iNACOL, recently launched a Web site to help schools get prepared.
The Web site includes a list of resources available for schools, a readiness assessment to help educators evaluate their level of preparedness, some examples of what other countries have done to ensure continuity of learning in the face of natural disasters and pandemics, and a list of online events centered around technology’s role in extended school closures.
Speaking of which, we here at Education Week are holding a Webinar this Thursday, October 8th, on what schools should do when the swine flu, or H1N1 virus, hits. Sign up here to participate! Guests include Susan Patrick, the president and chief executive officer of iNACOL; Debra S. Munk, the principal of Rockville High School in Maryland; and Alice E. Owen, the executive director of technology for the Irving Independent School District in Texas.
Check out the story that Michelle Davis and I wrote recently for more resources and tips on how to make sure your school is prepared this flu season.
A version of this news article first appeared in the Digital Education blog.