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Our September Whole Child Podcast featured guests that shed light on the opportunities and challenges of coordinating school responses to a potential H1N1 outbreak.
Hear from Jerry Weast, Montgomery County (Md.) Public Schools superintendent; Linda Davis-Alldritt, RN, president-elect of the National Association of School Nurses (a new whole child partner); and Theresa Lewallen, ASCD's managing director of constituent services and the liaison to the federal government agencies handling H1N1. Each guest brings a unique and valuable whole child perspective to the challenges schools and communities face as they develop coordinated responses to the H1N1 flu pandemic.
This podcast episode is one of many resources related to the H1N1 virus that ASCD is putting together for educators and communities. Visit www.ascd.org/flu for more information—we continually update this page with more resources as they become available.
- Flu.gov provides one-stop access to U.S. government H1N1, avian, and pandemic flu information.
- Montgomery County (Md.) Public Schools is one example of how a district is responding to parent and family needs.
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has information for special groups, including child care programs, businesses and employers, and day and residential camps.
- Whole child partner the National Association of School Nurses (NASN) shares a variety of resources, including definitions, talking points for media and interviews, and sample pandemic plans for schools.
- The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) and National Parent Teacher Association (NPTA)—both whole child partners—collaborated with NASN to develop and share a parent resource for talking to children about the flu in English and Spanish.
How are your school and community preparing for H1N1? Share your reactions, ideas, and questions on the Whole Child Blog. Because now more than ever, we must strive to ensure that each child is not only healthy but also safe, engaged, supported, and challenged.