Schools told to prepare for bird flu

March 22nd, 2006 by Key Magazine

Public health officials have been warning us of a possible bird flu outbreak following the upcoming bird migration season. A strong push to prepare schools has taken center stage.

The nation’s schools, recognized incubators of respiratory diseases among children, are being told to plan for the possibility of an outbreak of bird flu.

Federal health leaders say it is not alarmist or premature for schools to make preparations, such as finding ways to teach kids even if they’ve all been sent home.

School boards and superintendents have gotten used to emergency planning for student violence, terrorism or severe weather. Pandemic preparation, though, is a new one.

They have a lot to think over, top government officials said Tuesday. Read the complete story on

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