Technology in schools? What a concept.
Nathan Taylor in Orillia had this in today. If memory serves, it's not quite like at Bluewater, if member serves, where the elementary federation complained its members are being asked to learn too much about modern technology like the interweb.
Students can access the Internet -- sometimes -- at their schools, but once they're in, surfing options are few.The Catholic board I cover recently did this as well-- installing a firewall that blocked everything, which for a reporter using web-based e-mail to file a story was mildly annoying. At the same time, I get it-- every student would be whiling away life on Facebook, etc. in class if they could. It's just too easy of a temptation
"Basically, everything is blocked," said Carol McAulay, the board's superintendent of business and information technology services.
In fact, Internet access isn't allowed during schools days unless it's done under the strict watch of staff.
According to the broader school community, something has to change.
Owen Sound had this story about prep for H1N1 in schools this fall-- one of the first stories I've seen dealing with how the provincial and national/international planning impacts locally. Most of the coverage I've seen to date elsewhere centres on the decisions schools will stay open if students develop the flu.
Parents will also be asked to report via an automated phone system if their children’s absence from school is due to flu-like symptoms such as fever, cough or sore throat, gastrointestinal symptoms such as vomiting or diarrhea, or if they are ill for other reasons.They've had 15 reported cases. We've had far fewer in our district, so it will be interesting to see what the strategy is here.
Up until this school year, parents were only asked to note if their child was going to be absent.
“The schools are by far the best barometer we have. When we’re looking for flu season to start it’s the school absenteeism that happens first and that happens before we see emergency room visits increase or we start to see nursing home outbreaks,” said Dr. Hazel Lynn, medical officer of health with the Grey Bruce Health Unit.