Recommendations to Ensure the Continuity of Learning During Extended Student Absence or School Dismissal, US Dept. of Education http://www2.ed.gov/admins/lead/safety/emergencyplan/pandemic/guidance/continuity-recs.pdf The International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) -- providing continuity of learning during probable H1N1, pandemic and natural disasters causing school closures. http://www.inacol.org/col/ Wayne RESA http://www.resa.net/curriculum/col/
Environmental disasters don't have to be educational disasters. Children can continue learning.
During disasters such as Katrina and 9/11, many schools put children's health
and safety at risk.Government testing
and standards for environmental hazards in "Ground Zero" schools were
too many children in hurricane and flood affected areas were sent back into
moldy and contaminated classrooms and portables.
Keep children safe. Today, parents and educators can find academic support and social connection while avoiding school conditions that put
children at risk.
There are "Continuity of Learning" resources
from the U.S. Department of Education and from professional providers. (See links at left.)
Many state education
agencies and school district websites offer curriculum frameworks, course goals
and syllabi, lesson plans, study guides, supplemental services, and learning activities as well
as synchronous and asynchronous communication systems.
Often these websites
include links to credit recovery and accelerated learning programs and distance
education and virtual learning systems that are designed for self-paced,
independent and alternative learners.They can be useful for short term or extended and unpredictable periods
when students are out of school. Librarians are another resource for book lists and learning activities.
Finding Educational, Social and Emotional
Home Education Magazine (HEM) website is a gateway to information,
reassurance and guidance. There is advice on choosing and using
educational and communication resources that provide for a child's
educational, social and emotional needs. (http://homeedmag.com)
On the HEM website there are links to
print and online programs, curriculum, learning games, lesson plans, kits,
do-it-yourself activities and other resources for all ages and types of
learners. Many ideas and resources are available free or at low cost.
And, there are links to local support groups and national networks of caring
people dedicated to sharing their expertise and experience educating children
The world endures solely by virtue of the breath of school children. (Talmud)