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Crisis Planning

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 - October 23
    
Parent Letter Spanish - October 23
    Parent Letter English - September 25
    
Parent Letter Spanish - September 25
    Parent Letter English - August 31
    Parent Letter Spanish - August 31

Parent Information
   
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

Video:
  Sneeze Technique Video
  Informative CDC videos

Public Information
    
Posters:
    Swine Flu Poster - English/Spanish
            updated 4/29
    Cover Cough Flyer
    Germ Free Zone
    Germ Stopper
    Hand Washing - English
    Hand Washing - Spanish
    Keep Our School Healthy
    Stop Disease

Antiviral Drugs
Key Facts
Travel
Special Reports
WHO Website

Links

Other Resources
    
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;

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Body aches
  • Headache
  • Chills
  • Fatigue
  • Some people have reported diarrhea & vomiting associated with swine flu


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