It's a rite of summer: the first day of school. Today, students in the District and parts of suburban Maryland returned to the classroom. And at one school in Northwest D.C., they had some high-profile help.
At H.D. Cooke Elementary School, in the heart of Adams Morgan, two Cabinet members from the Obama administration joined city leaders for this morning's kick-off. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius called Cooke, which has undergone a 35 million dollar renovation, a model school that touches on the President's top three domestic priorities: energy, healthcare, and education.
Inside the school, Sebelius and Education Secretary Arne Duncan toured the nurse's office and then checked out the cafeteria and the free breakfast program. Over cereal and fruit, Duncan talked with teachers, students, and parents about the H1N1 virus or swine flu. Duncan says it's likely the flu will cause major school disruptions around the country - he's urging educators to prepare packets for at-home learning.
Patrick Madden reports...