Schools will play a vital role in protecting the health of their students and faculty. When an influenza pandemic happens in the United States, many school-age children could become sick. Teachers and staff members may also be ill or may need to stay home to care for sick family members. Planning now for an extended period of student dismissal may assist schools in providing opportunities for continued instruction and other assistance to students and staff.
Tips on preventing the spread of flu
- Encourage parents to keep sick children home
- Review sick leave policies for staff
- Teach and enforce good health habits with students
- Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth
Tips for schools and daycare centers
- Conduct school drills to test emergency plans and procedures.
- Send information home for parents on the school’s emergency polices and procedures.
- Update information on “emergency notification cards.”
- Conduct in-service training workshops on first aid, shelter management, damage assessment and other related topics for school staff.
- Dedicate a special class or school assembly concerning the importance of proper preparation.
Additional information for Schools