Thursday, April 30, 2009

Swine Flu: Resources for Educators

This afternoon, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) and U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) both held public conferences on the flu known as H1N1, or "swine flu." Below is a Webcast briefing from HHS Secretary Sebelius, DHS Secretary Napolitano, and CDC Acting Director Besser.

ACCT has posted important links for community college trustees, presidents and other interested parties at

ED requests that all school closings due to H1N1 be reported to the Department's Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools at

As of 12 PM ET today, April 29th, ED had confirmed closures of at least 104 schools nationwide, public and nonpublic, enrolling about 56,000 students. Seventy-four of these schools closed because of confirmed or probable causes of H1N1 flu; the rest closed as a precaution. These schools are scattered among eight states.

So far, the impact on U.S. schools overall remains small—just a tiny percentage of the more than 100,000 schools nationwide, which enroll a total of approximately 55 million students.

For all of them, Secretary Duncan offered this advice earlier today: “All of us involved in schools—school leaders, teachers, parents and students—need to pitch in and do our part to prevent the spread of this flu virus…Do what is appropriate for the health of your communities, your schools and your students.”

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