Pandemic Response Planning Considerations

In order to effectively deal with the negative impact of a pandemic flu upon the operations of the school district, it is imperative that plans are developed that encompass a variety of actions and circumstances. Through proper planning it is possible to identity potential pitfalls and develop appropriate mitigation methods.

 

Pandemic Awareness Education:

Prior to, and throughout the course of a pandemic, there is information that needs to be shared with students, staff, faculty and families that will help them prepare for and or respond to the effects of an outbreak. At certain points, depending on the current District Pandemic Alert Level, there will be requirements to provide education on pandemic related topics.

 

 

Student Awareness Education

Students (Planning and Preparation Level)    

  • Educate students on how and why it is important to improve personal hygiene. Use simple non-medical ways to reduce the spread of influenza through proper hand washing, covering coughs and sneezes appropriately and staying home if you are sick.
  • Educate students about the differences between annual/seasonal flu, bird flu or any like illness, and what could occur in a pandemic.
  • Educational Media:
    • Classroom instruction
    • Handouts

 

Students (Level 1 Alert)

  • Continue student education through the posting of flu prevention signs throughout all buildings.
  • Continue student education by encouraging and mirroring acceptable hygiene methods. Highlight the importance of frequent hand washing, particularly before eating, after bathroom use and after coughing or sneezing.
  • Continue student education through daily PA announcements on proper measures to take to reduce the spread of influenza.
  • Educational Media:
    • Faculty reinforcement of learned hygiene skills.
    • Handouts
    • Posters (General hygiene and flu topics.)
    • PA announcements (General hygiene and flu topics.)

 

Students (Level 2 Alert)

  • Continue student education by encouraging and mirroring acceptable hygiene methods.
  • Continue student education through daily PA announcements on proper measures to take to reduce the spread of influenza.
  • Educational Media:
    • Faculty reinforcement of learned hygiene skills
    • Handouts
    • Posters (General hygiene and flu topics.)
    • PA announcements (General hygiene and flu topics.)

 

Students (Level 3 Alert)  

  • Continue student education by encouraging and mirroring acceptable hygiene methods.
  • Continue student education through daily PA announcements on proper measures to take to reduce the spread of influenza.
  • If schools are closed, provide alternative instruction methods. (See page XX)
  • Educational Media:
    • Faculty reinforcement of learned hygiene skills.
    • Handouts
    • Posters (General hygiene and flu topics.)
    • PA announcements (General hygiene and flu topics.)

 

Faculty/Staff Response Planning

Faculty/Staff (Planning and Preparation Level)

  • Educate faculty and staff on their roles and responsibilities in helping to prevent the spread of influenza.
  • Educate faculty and staff on how and why it is important to improve personal hygiene. Use simple non-medical ways to reduce the spread of influenza through proper hand washing, covering coughs and sneezes appropriately and staying home if you are sick.
  • Educate faculty and staff about the differences between annual/seasonal flu, bird flu or any like illness, and what could occur in a pandemic.
  • Train staff in influenza symptom recognition.
  • Educational Media:
    • Faculty and staff meetings
    • Handouts
    • Staff newsletters

 

Faculty/Staff (Level 1 Alert)

  • Continue faculty and staff education through the posting of flu prevention signs throughout all buildings.
  • Encourage good hygiene practices, particularly frequent hand washing.
  • Provide informational updates to faculty and staff as they become available.
  • Educational Media:
    • Faculty and staff meetings
    • Handouts
    • Staff newsletters
    • Posters (General hygiene and flu topics.)
    • PA announcements (General hygiene and flu topics.)

 

Faculty/Staff (Level 2 Alert

  • Provide informational updates to faculty and staff as they become available.
  • Encourage good hygiene practices, particularly frequent hand washing.
  • Educational Media:
    • Faculty and staff meetings
    • Handouts
    • Staff newsletters
    • Posters (General hygiene and flu topics.)
    • PA announcements (General hygiene and flu topics.)

 

Faculty/Staff (Level 3 Alert)  

  • Provide informational updates to faculty and staff as they become available.
  • Encourage good hygiene practices, particularly frequent hand washing.
  • Educational Media:
    • Faculty and staff meetings
    • Handouts
    • Staff newsletters
    • Posters (General hygiene and flu topics.)
    • PA announcements (General hygiene and flu topics.)
    • Mailings

 

Nurse Response Planning

Nurses (Planning and Preparation Level)

  • Educate nurses on how to recognize the signs and symptoms of influenza.
  • Educate nurses on the proper means to maintain surveillance of influenza cases.
  • Train nurses on the proper use of N-95 respirators (include fit test) and surgical masks.
  • Educational Media:
    • Staff meetings
    • Classroom instruction (Conference days or other training days.)
    • Handouts
    • Health bulletins

 

Nurses (Level 1 Alert)  

  • Provide informational updates to nursing staff as they become available.
  • Encourage good hygiene practices, particularly frequent hand washing.
  • Educational Media:
    • Memorandums
    • Health bulletins
    • Staff meetings
    • Posters (General hygiene and flu topics.)
    • PA announcements (General hygiene and flu topics.)

 

Nurses (Level 2 Alert)  

  • Provide informational updates to nursing staff as they become available.
  • Encourage good hygiene practices, particularly frequent hand washing.
  • Educational Media:
    • Memorandums
    • Health bulletins
    • Staff meetings
    • Posters (General hygiene and flu topics.)
    • PA announcements (General hygiene and flu topics.)

 

Nurses (Level 3 Alert)  

  • Provide informational updates to nursing staff as they become available.
  • Encourage good hygiene practices, particularly frequent hand washing.
  • Educational Media:
    • Memorandums
    • Health bulletins
    • Staff meetings
    • Posters (General hygiene and flu topics.)
    • PA announcements (General hygiene and flu topics.)

 

Custodial Staff Response Planning

Custodial Staff (Planning and Preparation Level)

  • Educate custodial staff on how and why it is important to improve personal hygiene. Use simple non-medical ways to reduce the spread of influenza through proper hand washing, covering coughs and sneezes appropriately and staying home if you are sick.
  • Educate custodial staff about the differences between annual/seasonal flu, bird flu or any like illness, and what could occur in a pandemic.
  • Train custodial staff in influenza symptom recognition.
  • Train custodial staff in the proper way to perform disinfection as a means to control the spread of influenza. Include information about the importance of PPE.
  • Educational Media:
    • Classroom instruction
    • Staff meetings

 

Custodial Staff (Level 1 Alert)   

  • Provide informational updates to custodial staff as they become available.
  • Encourage good hygiene practices, particularly frequent hand washing.
  • Educational Media:
    • Staff meetings o Memorandums o Handouts
    • Posters (General hygiene and flu topics.)
    • PA announcements (General hygiene and flu topics.)

 

Custodial Staff (Level 2 Alert)   

  • Provide informational updates to custodial staff as they become available.
  • Encourage good hygiene practices, particularly frequent hand washing.
  • Educational Media:
    • Staff meetings o Memorandums o Handouts
    • Posters (General hygiene and flu topics.)
    • PA announcements (General hygiene and flu topics.)

 

Custodial Staff (Level 3 Alert)   

  • Provide informational updates to custodial staff as they become available.
  • Encourage good hygiene practices, particularly frequent hand washing.
  • Educational Media:
    • Staff meetings
    • Memorandums
    • Handouts
    • Posters (General hygiene and flu topics.)
    • PA announcements (General hygiene and flu topics.)

 

Parent/Guardian Response Planning

Parents/Guardians (Planning and Preparation Level

  • Educate parents/guardians on pandemic related concerns such as how to control the spread of infection through implementing good hygiene practices in the home and the difference between seasonal flu-bird flu and pandemic flu.
  • Educational Media:
    • Mailings
    • Student carry home handouts
    • Channel 20
    • District web site
    • School newsletters

 

Parents/Guardians (Level 1 Alert)

  • Provide updated information to parents/guardians on pandemic flu as dictated by the current threat.
  • Educational Media:
    • Mailings
    • Student carry home handouts
    • Channel 20
    • District web site
    • School newsletters

 

Parents/Guardians (Level 2 Alert)           

  • Provide updated information to parents/guardians on pandemic flu as dictated by the current threat.
  • Educational Media:
    • Student carry home handouts
    • Channel 20
    • District web site
    • School newsletters

 

Parents/Guardians (Level 3 Alert

  • Provide updated information to parents/guardians on pandemic flu as dictated by the current threat.
  • Educational Media:
    • Mailings
    • Student carry home handouts
    • Channel 20
    • District web site
    • School newsletters