Children and young adults have been the most affected age group by the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic. This makes schools, daycare centers and colleges/universities very important partners in trying to control the spread of 2009 H1N1 flu. The close proximity of young people and the difficulty ensuring good hygiene habits in these age groups create ideal conditions for the spread of the H1N1 virus. For this reason, it is important for staff and faculty to be well informed and have complete pandemic plans in place. It is also critical for all schools, daycare centers and colleges/universities to have policies and protocols in place to keep sick individuals out of those environments. These institutions will also be an important resource for disseminating information to children and families on preparedness planning and practicing good health habits.
Powerpoint from the recent Waukesha County 2009 H1N1 School Summit (09/29/09)
Click on any of the following to open an outside link for more H1N1 information:
Wisconsin's Pandemic Flu Resource - Novel H1N1 Flu Information for Schools This includes guidance for daycare, K-12 schools, and institutions of higher learning to respond to H1N1.
The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction - H1N1 Pandemic Flu
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - H1N1 Flu: Resources for K-12 Schools
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - H1N1 Flu: Resources for Childcare
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - H1N1 Flu: Resources for Colleges and Universities
Flu.gov - Updated Guidance for Schools for the Fall Flu Season
U.S. Department of Education - Lead My School H1N1 Flu Information
General Pandemic Preparedness Information: Click on any of the following to open an outside link
Childcare and Preschool Pandemic Influenza Planning Checklist - A detailed checklist to assist childcare centers and preschools with their pandemic planning. Topic areas include student learning and program operations, coordination with outside agencies, infection control policies and actions, and communicating with families and staff.
School District (K-12) Pandemic Influenza Planning Checklist- A detailed checklist to assist school districts with pandemic influenza planning. Topic areas include general planning and coordination, continuity of student learning and core operations, infection control policies and procedures, and communications planning.
Colleges and Universities Pandemic Influenza Planning Checklist - A detailed checklist to assist colleges and universities with their pandemic planning efforts. Areas of focus include general planning, continuity of student learning and operations, infection control policies and procedures, and communications planning.
Children’s Emergency Planning information - Department of Homeland Security website containing many useful ideas and resources for parents and teachers to use in all types of emergency planning including pandemic flu.
Flu Pandemic Measures-Wisconsin DPI - Department of Public Instruction in Wisconsin put together this list of tools and resources to assist schools in pandemic planning. Materials included are toolkits from various school districts, posters and informational materials for parents and teachers, and general information from government agencies.
Seasonal Flu Information for Schools and Childcare Providers - Information provided by the Centers for Disease Control on preventing the flu in general, as well as, printable materials and tools for schools and parents.
Get Ready - Kids Fun Site - American Public Health Association’s website for kids containing a printable kids guide to preparing for pandemic flu, a family checklist and many games and links related to pandemic flu.
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