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Feb. 5, 1919
ADD TWO WEEKS TO SCHOOL YEAR ACCOUNT OF FLU
The board of education at its last session adopted the following plan to be used in making up work in the public schools due to the two enforced vacations:
1 — That the school term be extended to June 27, inclusive, providing for five weeks make-up work.
2 — That five days, one week’s work, be made up by teaching on Saturday, including the Saturday, January 11, already taught.
3 — That the remaining 18 days be made up by (a) intensive teaching, (b) by teaching essentials, (c) by rearranging and modifying the course of study to conform to the shorter period (the same to be determined by the superintendent of instruction at an opportune time in conference with the principals and heads of departments).
4 — As a means of securing greater efficiency and co-operation in respect to the plan outlines, that the superintendent should at a time convenient send a letter explaining more carefully the plan (a) to teachers, (b) to the pupils, (c) to the patrons.
The foregoing plan makes the term close two weeks later than it did last year. The Saturday teaching will be made up during the months of February and March on the following Saturdays: February 15, March 1, March 15 and March 29. The other two points of the plan are being worked out carefully. The letter to patrons as to the plan was given out to pupils in the different schools today.
FLU GERMS ISOLATED BY SCIENTISTS
London, Feb. 5 — The virus of trench fever and that of influenza and of some forms of nephritis have been isolated and identified, according to a report submitted to the director-general of the army medical service in France by a number of army medical officers.
The virus in each case has been proved to be a minute globular cell varying in size and behavior in three types of disease. Isolation of the germs of mumps, measles and typhus, the cause of which have hitherto been obscure, also is believed to have been accomplished by investigation.
FIFTY VOLUNTEER FOR INFLUENZA TESTS
Boston, Feb. 3 — Fifty healthy young men, volunteers from the naval detention barracks here, were taken to the quarantine station at Gallups Island today to submit to influenza tests by a board of government experts. Professor Milton J. Rosenau of Harvard will supervise the latest experiment.
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