Does your school have an action plan for

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Registered: 06-13-2008
Does your school have an action plan for
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Sat, 09-12-2009 - 9:11am

H1N1? Ours is: close school for a day and hire a cleaning crew. There are so many flaws in this plan, I don't know where to begin.

So, what's your school going to do?

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Registered: 03-24-2003
Sat, 09-12-2009 - 10:44am

I'd say that's a little brief! The schools in my area, including

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Registered: 04-21-2008
Sat, 09-12-2009 - 2:46pm
Every classroom has at least 2 bottles of hand sanitizer and hand sanitizer dispensers have been placed in every restroom, the office and exit in the building. Every teacher has a can of disinfecting spray we are to spray on our desk and our student desks and door handles. The great thing is that our school nurse isn't one to panic or put out information to make people panic. She's very pragmatic and so is our district and building.


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Registered: 04-02-2005
Sat, 09-12-2009 - 3:25pm
Our school plan: do nothing!
We have had 3 confirmed cases in the last two weeks and the school board has swept it under the rug. We are not allowed to tell parents that it is at the school. The teachers whose students were diagnosed with it were not even informed by the school. I know whose class one student is in because the teacher is a good friend of mine and she only found out when she called the parent after the child was out for 3 days. I sanitize my own room daily because I am not sure what they are doing at night as far as cleaning. With a 7 month old at home I am paranoid a bit so I even change clothes before I pick him up after work.
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Registered: 08-23-1997
Sat, 09-12-2009 - 5:10pm
It already hit our school in the spring. The first week in June we had 70 8th grades students absent and probably 20 in 7th and 10 in 6th. That's 1/3 of the 8th grade class. School remained open because it was not proven to be swine until school was already closed. We'll probably close only if it gets worse than that. Letters have been sent home already by the supt. I sure hope we don't close. Having to make up snow days is bad enough. This would really stink.
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Registered: 10-06-1997
Sat, 09-12-2009 - 6:43pm
The department of health in our state is no longer recommending school closures, simply because H1N1 has had far, far, far FEWER deaths than the regular flu! Apparently, it spreads more easily, but it is less severe.... of course, they are predicting a much higher rate of regular flu this year, too.


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Registered: 09-14-1997
Sat, 09-12-2009 - 10:15pm
None. Absolutely none. A letter went out to parents asking to keep sick kids home. That is all.

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Registered: 04-21-2008
Sun, 09-13-2009 - 9:27am

I think that's one reason why our school nurse isn't making a big deal out of this. She's not down-playing the seriousness of it but she's not encouraging people to go into panic mode, either. Our approach is probably overkill but we have at least one pregnant student and two pregnant staff members so I don't think the administration is going to take any unnecessary or reckless risks.

From my understanding, it takes 4-6 weeks to get confirmation on the test for it, which is long after people get over it. I was sick for half of the winter last year and for all I know, that's what I had. I think as long as people take a common sense approach and promote hand-washing and coughing into a tissue or an elbow as well as staying home when they don't feel well, this won't be as bad as the media keeps hyping.


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Registered: 03-24-2003
Wed, 09-16-2009 - 5:24pm

When I walked in my lab today I had a gallon jug of hand sanitizer on the instructor's station! I didn't know it came in gallons. Anyway, it was labeled with a marker, school name and room #, so I guess they think that will discourage theft. My students looked at it on the way in. Some did take a squirt on the way out. Let's see how long it lasts and find out if they replace it when it's gone, used or stolen.


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Registered: 06-13-2008
Wed, 09-16-2009 - 8:27pm
Two years ago, there were a couple MRSA cases at my school. Every teacher was promised a bottle of GermX. We got a 2-ounce bottle for each classroom!
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Registered: 03-26-2003
Fri, 09-18-2009 - 1:31pm

None that they have shared with faculty and staff :(

Judy

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