Resources for Schools on Swine Flu

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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, [email protected], 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.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has set up a resource page of swine flu information, which includes directions for schools and a handbook for infrastructure preparednessRequires Adobe Acrobat Reader.

The World Health Organization has an information page on swine flu, with helpful frequently asked questions in English and Spanish.

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 fluRequires Adobe Acrobat Reader. This is also available as a podcast.

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