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ReadyZone H1N1 Be Prepared and Keep Learning

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In the spring of 2009, the swine flu pandemic interrupted learning in many school districts due to school closures and a large number of absent students and educators. Combat possible interruptions this year by arming yourself with essential tools and resources to help you ensure the continuity of learning under a variety of extraordinary circumstances.

All educators are encouraged to review the U.S. Department of Education's recommendations to ensure the continuity of learning, as well as their Q&A regarding H1N1 for this school year.

Recommendations to Ensure Continuity of Learning (PDF)

Preparing for the Flu During the 2009-10 School Year: Questions and Answers for Schools (PDF)

Review materials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about flu prevention, common symptoms, and typical treatments. Set a good example for your students by talking about and practicing good hygiene in the classroom. For example, prepare students for lunchtime by allowing extra time to wash hands.

Clean Hands Save Lives! (PDF)

Take 3" Steps to Fight the Flu (PDF)

In addition, the CDC has released a helpful flu communication toolkit featuring fact sheets, template letters to send to parents, and more.

Preparing for the Flu: A Communication Toolkit for Schools (Grades k-12) (PDF)

Using grade-appropriate language, be sure to talk to your students about emergency situations and your school's plan to prepare them with the knowledge of what will happen if the school must close for a period of time. Also, become familiar with your school's continuity of learning plan and evaluate the options and resources available to you to incorporate distance learning. Make sure you know how to use each piece of technology or form of communication included in the plan and seek training if necessary.

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Create a set of emergency lesson plans you can quickly access and implement to continue learning should you get sick or your school close, or if a large number of students are absent for a long period of time. Browse our library of free lesson plans for elementary, middle, and high school students to complete a unit of study or provide inspiration for your own lesson plans.

View all K-5 Lesson Plans

View all 6-8 Lesson Plans

View all 9-12 Lesson Plans

Finally, locate resources to keep your students engaged in learning or help with homework while at home.

Math Homework Help

Science Homework Help

Language Arts Homework Help

Social Studies Homework Help

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Four Rules to Fight H1N1 Swine Flu

Swine Flu wash your hands picture Wash your hands often and thoroughly using soap and warm water. Always wash your hands after you sneeze or cough into them, use the bathroom, before you eat, or anytime before your hands come into contact with your eyes, nose, or mouth.

Free H1N1 Preparedness Webcast

With speakers from:
  • Department of Homeland Security
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • U.S. Department of Education
Watch a Free H1N1 Preparedness Webcast with Department of Homeland Security, CDC, U.S. Department of Education