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Schools and Cities Send 9.7 Million Messages During Swine Flu Outbreak with Blackboard Connect(TM) Platform
Date:5/26/2009

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"We want to inform you, at this time, there are no known cases of the Swine Flu in our schools. The school district is working closely with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health to protect the health of students and staff. More than 600 school nurses are monitoring student absences and custodians are washing down common areas at school sites more frequently, on an as needed basis. Schools are currently open and we are urging everyone to follow these simple steps: cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze, wash your hands frequently, if you are sick stay home, if your child is sick please do not send him or her to school."

"Because California borders Mexico and so many of our students have family ties to cities in Mexico where the outbreak first hit, it was imperative that we quickly and effectively addressed the issue," Dr. Uyeda said. "On the morning of April 27, our phone lines were swamped by concerned parents who wanted to know if schools were closed, and most importantly, if their children would be safe. From my office phone, we were able to record and send an assuring message, in English and Spanish, to parents, students and staff. The incoming calls quickly subsided and we were able to focus on keeping our students safe."

In addition to outreach surrounding the Swine Flu outbreak, LAUSD officials regularly use the Blackboard Connect platform to communicate information on student attendance, activities and testing schedules and volunteer programs. The outreach has helped to increase student achievement, parental involvement and overall enrollment.

A number of other school and government leaders used the Blackboard Connect platform to report suspected flu cases and quickly communicate campus closures. Among the first to respond was Dr. Max Riley, Superintendent of Port Jefferson Union Free School District in New York.

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