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Schools across the nation are preparing for the possibility that H1N1 will hit their student population, causing student and staff absences or quarantines. Forward-looking districts are planning now to ensure learning continuity not only for this pandemic, but for future extended student absences.
Using examples and models from online learning can provide a framework for learning continuity during student absences and potential flu dismissals.
Susan Patrick, CEO of the International Association for K-12 Online Learning, reviews short and long-term frameworks to help schools provide learning continuity through online learning. Susan has traveled the world identifying case studies for academic continuity and recently briefed the Department of Education on recommendations for uninterrupted student learning.
During her travels, Susan identified that schools widely regarded as excellent share the following practices:
• Train every teacher to teach online
• Offer online learning in 100% of secondary schools
• Provide all instructional materials digitally and online
• Use a learning management system accessed by every teacher and secondary school to deliver course materials and track student progress.
A Blackboard client, Briarcliff Manor School District, will also share how they will be using Blackboard to prepare for possible extended student absences.