H1N1 (swine flu)
Stanislaus County Office of Education is working closely with Stanislaus County Government officials to monitor and respond to the changing situation.
We encourage schools and districts to utilize the following information and resources.
Click on the following links:
Update on School (K-12) and Childcare Facilities: Interim CDC
Guidance in Response to H1N1 Virus Updated as of October 2009.
H1N1 (swine flu) Q & A Link
H1N1 School Action Kit Contents
Letter from Superintendent
Parent Letter English -
Parent Letter Spanish - October 23
Parent Letter English -
Parent Letter Spanish - September 25
Parent Letter English - August 31
Parent Letter Spanish - August 31
Sample Parent Letters:
Parent Letter English - August 14
Parent Letter Spanish - August 14
Initial Outbreak - English
Initial Outbreak - Spanish
School Dismissal - English
School Re-admit Form - English
School Re-Admin Form - Spanish
Sample Parent Messages:
Phone message #1 - Script
Phone message #2 - Script
Click here for a copy of
Pandemic Plan Template
Sneeze Technique Video
Informative CDC videos
Swine Flu Poster - English/Spanish
Cover Cough Flyer
Germ Free Zone
Hand Washing - English
Hand Washing - Spanish
Keep Our School Healthy
Resources for Emergency Information
H1N1 (Swine Flu) Information
The Stanislaus County Office of Education continues to work closely with county health officials in monitoring and responding to this situation at the local level. This year schools are reporting attendance data directly to the Stanislaus County Health Services agency which is monitoring school absence rates. Local health officials are working closely with state and federal health authorities.
In addition schools will follow the key federal guidelines below which are supported by our state and local public health officials:
- Students and staff should stay home when sick: Those with flu-like illness should stay home for at least 24 hours after they no longer have a fever, or signs of a fever, without the use of fever-reducing medicines. They should stay home even if they are using antiviral drugs.
- Separate ill students and staff: Students and staff who appear to have flu-like illness will be separated from others until they can be sent home. The guidelines also recommend that they wear a surgical mask, if possible, while waiting to go home.
- Enforce hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette: Students and staff should wash hands frequently with soap and water, and always cover noses and mouths with a tissue, shirt sleeve or elbow when coughing or sneezing. If soap and water is not available, alcohol-based hand sanitizers should be used.
- Maintain routine cleaning: School staff will routinely clean areas that students and staff touch often with the cleaners they typically use. Special cleaning with bleach and other non-detergent-based cleaners is not necessary.
- Encourage early treatment of high-risk students and staff: People at high risk for influenza complications who become ill with influenza-like illness should speak with their health care provider as soon as possible. Early treatment with antiviral medications is very important for people at high risk because it can prevent hospitalizations and deaths. People at high risk include those who are pregnant, have asthma or diabetes, have compromised immune systems, or have neuromuscular diseases.
What are the symptoms of H1N1 flu?
Symptoms of H1N1 virus are similar to those of regular human flu and include;
- Sore throat
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Body aches
- Some people have reported diarrhea & vomiting associated with swine flu
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