The Answer Sheet: swine flu

Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 01/08/2010

How one university (using an ibis) handled the swine flu outbreak

By Donna E. Shalala. Beginning in the spring of 2009, when we first heard about the threat of an outbreak of swine flu (H1N1), the University of Miami began planning for a pandemic and working diligently according to the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Miami-Dade County Health Department in order to prepare for mass immunization. This was especially important for a university campus, since we were warned that college-age students were among the populations that were most vulnerable to be affected by a potential pandemic.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:30 AM ET, 01/08/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Health | Tags:  swine flu, university of miami

Posted at 12:59 PM ET, 10/29/2009

Should sick kids have to make up all missed school work?

So your kid is sick for a week, misses two tests, three quizzes, four papers and a week’s worth of homework in every class. He/she goes back to school, and the teachers in each class say, “Welcome back. Now you have to do your current work and make up everything you missed. And don’t take too long.” Unless, of course, your child’s teacher is one of those who tell the kids to do the work WHILE they are sick....Not all kids need to do all the work to get caught up so they can participate and feel comfortable in the classroom. Not all homework is actually necessary, not all quizzes/tests have to be taken, not all reports must be written.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:59 PM ET, 10/29/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Homework | Tags:  homework, make-up work, sick kids, swine flu

Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 10/14/2009

Should Kids Be Required to Get the Swine Flu Vaccine?

Is getting the swine flu vaccine something that school-age children in the United States should be forced to do? The debate is essentially the same as with many other issues over which Americans fight: Which side wins when there are competing interests between individual rights and the extent of harm to the overall society, when one person’s liberty is at stake vs. “Are you kidding me? You are ruining the common good.”

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:30 AM ET, 10/14/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  health, swine flu, swine flu vaccations

Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 09/01/2009

Stop Sending Sick Kids to School

Let’s have a show of hands: How many of you have sent a child to school when you have suspected (I’m being polite here) that he/she was not well and might be contagious? Maybe it will help if I...

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:30 AM ET, 09/01/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Parents, Parents | Tags:  school work, sick kids, swine flu, teachers