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--and technology is likely to play a key role in such plans.

Federal health and education leaders say it is not alarmist or premature for schools to begin preparing for the possibility of an outbreak of bird flu, such as finding ways to teach students even if they've all been sent home.

School boards and superintendents have gotten used to emergency planning for student violence, terrorism,

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