Updated Federal Guidelines for 2009 H1N1 Influenza in Schools Offer Many Options [August 7, 2009] [open pdf - 36KB]
This Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Press Release provides information about the Federal Guidelines that can be used to respond to the 2009 H1N1 Influenza in schools. More specifically, "updated federal guidelines offer state and local public health and school officials a range of options for responding to 2009 H1N1 influenza in schools, depending on how severe the flu may be in their communities. The guidance says officials should balance the risk of flu in their communities with the disruption that school dismissals will cause in education and the wider community. The guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) was announced today at a joint news conference by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Education Secretary Arne Duncan, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, and CDC Director Thomas R. Frieden, M.D., M.P.H. The school guidance is a part of a broader national framework to respond to novel H1N1 influenza, which includes encouraging people to be vaccinated against the virus and to take other actions to avoid infection. The CDC anticipates more illness after the school year starts, because flu typically is transmitted more easily in the fall and winter."
United States. Dept. of Homeland Security: http://www.dhs.gov/