The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has asked school administrators to collect information about school closures related to swine flu in the United States. NAIS and SAIS are asking all school leaders to let the CDC know immediately if a school closes or has closed due to swine flu by completing the AASA Swine Flu School Closures Form at http://aasa.hodgsonconsult.com. We appreciate your assistance with this critical effort.
SAIS will attempt to provide useful information to assist your planning in addition to the information you receive on a state and local basis. Use the links below to learn more about H1N1 Flu.
With the start of school year and the approaching flu season, we want to help your school stay informed of the most recent information on the H1N1 virus. The projections vary regarding the anticipated severity of this virus; however, now is the time to revisit your school’s crisis management plans as it relates to pandemics.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) is our primary source of information; however, there are many other resources to help your school navigate this flu season. At a minimum we recommend visiting www.flu.gov, which you will find linked below.
Other H1N1 Flu Resources
CDC General H1N1 Information
CDC-H1N1 & You
Ed.gov Crisis Plan
Ed.gov Flu FAQ
NAIS "What Schools Should Do About Swine Flu"
To view the Pandemicflu.gov plan for your individual state, visit www.pandemicflu.gov/plan/states/xxx (replace the xxx with your state's name)
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) this afternoon issued significantly revised guidance for school leaders on whether to close a school to prevent the spread of the influenza A (H1N1) virus.
The new guidance states: "School closure is not advised for a suspected or confirmed case of novel influenza A (H1N1) and, in general, is not advised unless there is a magnitude of faculty or student absenteeism that interferes with the school's ability to function. Schools that were closed based on previous interim CDC guidance related to this outbreak may reopen."
Links to the new guidance and a host of other related information on emergency planning are available on CAPE's Web site at: http://www.capenet.org/new.html
This information courtesy of the Council for American Private Education, CAPE.