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Crisis Planning

School Action Kit

This information is designed to provide schools with practical tools that staff will need to prepare for a pandemic flu outbreak.  There is a great deal of planning for pandemic flu underway at the federal, state and local level.  The tools in this School Action Kit* will help schools begin those efforts.

*The Contra Costa County Office of Education has graciously shared their "Pandemic Action Kit for Schools" with SCOE. 

Click here for a copy of Pandemic Plan Template
Pandemic Action Kit for School - Contents

Letter from Superintendent

School Action Steps
   School Response to Pandemic Flu Flow Chart
   Planning Checklist
   Sample Health Officer ADA Support Letter
   Characteristics & Challenges

   Surveillance and Reporting
   Definition of Surveillance Levels
   Influenza Case Definition
   Weekly Pandemic Flu Census
   Daily Pandemic Flu Census
   Daily Pandemic Flu Census Log

Parent Information
Sample Parent Letters:
   Prevention Letter #1
   Prevention Letter #1 - Spanish
   First Bird Case Letter #2
   First Bird Case Letter #2 - Spanish
   Initial Outbreak Letter #3
   Initial Outbreak Letter #3 - Spanish
   Expanded Outbreak Letter#4
   Expanded Outbreak Letter#4 - Spanish
   School Closure Letter#5
   School re-opens Letter#6
   Parent Tips


Media Material
Sample Press Releases:
   Press Release A - School Open
   Press Release B-School Closed
   Sample Talking Points for School Officials
   Key messages - School Open Outbreak
   Key Messages-School Closure
   ConnectEd - Scripts

Public Information
   Cover Cough Flyer
   Germ Free Zone
   Germ Stopper
   Hand Washing - English
   Hand Washing - Spanish
   Keep Our School Healthy
   Stop Disease

Sneeze Technique Video


 Resources for Emergency Information

Other Resources

Safe Schools Planning
Annual Region 6 training provided to develop and update your safe school plan. The benefits of safe school planning includes:

  • Helps raises test scores
  • Reduces staff burnout/turnover
  • Helps schools link to existing educational support
  • Helps schools compete for safe school funding
  • Increases community involvement and buy-in
  • Required as part of the School Accountability Report Card
  • Will prove to be cost effective

Resources include Safe Schools Workbook and Guide.  For training dates and more information call 238.1378.