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 teachers. As you start back to school and the fall flu season approaches, government and health officials are encouraging students to keep learning, even if school is dismissed or you have to be absent for a long period of time. There are many ways you can continue learning no matter where you are.
- Complete all assignments given by your teacher. Make sure to follow directions carefully and stay on task. Resist the temptation to procrastinate or put off your work.
- Discuss continuity of learning plans with your parents and teachers. Ask about what will happen if the school should close or an absence is required for a length of time.
- Learn about viruses and how they are spread from person-to-person. Protect yourself and others from getting ill by employing good hygiene practices, including hand washing and respiratory etiquette.
- Become familiar with flu symptoms and alert a parent or teacher if you're not feeling well.
- Let your curiosity be your guide. Use this opportunity to learn new skills or dive deeper into current topics you're studying in school. If you are able to get out of the house, your neighborhood library can be a great resource for learning new things. If you must stay inside, your home collection of books, magazines, and newspapers as well as the Internet can offer a wealth of interesting information.
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