SOESD / H1N1
Health officials are predicting schools and businesses may see absentee rates of 20 to 40 percent due to a re-emergence of the new strain of H1N1 influenza that appeared last spring. People will either be sick themselves OR they will be staying home to take care of someone else that’s sick. Students are required to stay home until fever subsides below 100 degrees for at least 24 hours without taking fever reducing medicine.
The information and resources below are intended to help prepare schools and families for the affects of H1N1 during the school year.
Department of Human Services website where the public can obtain facts about HINI influenza.
What You Should Know
This is a document adapted from materials developed by the Corvallis School District. There is both a front and back side to this document. It provides some very clear prevention guidance for school staff including teachers and support staff, custodians and principals/office staff.
Additional Tips for Parents
This document acknowledges that you have likely already sent some information home to parents , but this reminds them of basic prevention guidelines as well as giving specific tips on how they can prepare in case their child needs to be kept home from school due to illness.
US Department of Education Recommendations
Planning for a Pandemic – Are We Ready?
U.S. Department of Education recommendations to help schools prepare to “ensure the continuity of learning” in the event of an H1N1 outbreak.
This is a checklist of all the key elements that should be contained in a district’s flu pandemic preparation and intervention plan.
Sample Letter of List of Actions Steps Parents Can Take - English
This is a list of actions parents can take to protect their child from the flu. This has also been reviewed and approved by the Health Department and we suggest you use it to communicate with parents.
Sample Letter of List of Action Steps Parents Can Take - Spanish
Spanish version of the list of actions parents can take to protect their child from the flu. This has also been reviewed and approved by the Health Department and we suggest you use it to communicate with parents.
Sample Cover Letter for "Parent Actions"Template - English
This cover letter is intended for the "List of Action Steps Parents Can Take".
Sample Cover Letter for "Parent Actions" Template - Spanish
Spanish version of the cover letter intended for the "List of Action Steps Parents Can Take".
Sample Parent Letter for Moderate Flu Outbreak
This letter is helpful to have on hand in case we begin to have a moderate outbreak of the flu in our area and parents have questions and concerns.
Sample Parent Letter for More Severe Flu Outbreak
This letter is helpful to have on hand in case we begin to see a severe flu outbreak in our region.
Sample Press Release – Schools Remain Open
This is a sample press release that is helpful to have on hand in the event that an H1N1 flu outbreak is getting more serious and schools remain open – but many questions are being raised out in the community and in the press about possible school closure.
Tracking and Communication Chart
This chart was shared by the Eagle Point school district for tracking and communicating about students with Influenza-Like-Illnesses. If the flu begins to hit our region significantly the Health Departments will be interested in obtaining this information.
Letter to Businesses
A letter to businesses that has been approved by Dr. Shames. We recognize the need for local employers to support school efforts. This letter was sent by the Medford Chamber of to all 1,535 of their member businesses. Other Chambers of Commerce in the region are expected to distribute this letter as well.
School District Pandemic Flu Management Plans
School district pandemic flu management plans can be reviewed by clicking the links below.