Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Summary of the Pandemic Influenza School System Tabletop Exercise [open pdf - 223KB]
"On August 3, 2005, a pandemic influenza tabletop exercise was held in Ellicott City, Maryland. Sponsored by the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH), Maryland Partnership for Prevention (MPP), and the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE), the exercise addressed school system participation in a simulated response to pandemic influenza, and represents the first statewide joint school system/public health exercise on this topic...The purpose of the Maryland Pandemic Influenza Tabletop School System Exercise was to explore school-related issues, response roles, and decision-making in the context of a simulated event....The tabletop exercise demonstrated the active interest among school system, public health, and other agencies, in furthering pandemic influenza preparedness using a coordinated, collaborative approach. This approach builds on several unique assets that support close cooperation on matters relating to school health. Among these is the DHMH school health liaison to MSDE, two MSDE school health services specialists, a MSDE safety specialist, the Maryland State School Health Council, regulations supporting joint local planning on school health issues, and the presence of school nurses in every jurisdiction, some of which are employed by the local public health agency. The tabletop exercise also demonstrated that much work remains to be done in order to ensure that school systems are prepared to respond to a pandemic influenza event, and exercise participants offered substantive insight into ways in which this can be accomplished."
Epidemiology and Disease Control Program: http://edcp.org/
Pandemic Influenza School System Tabletop Exercise. Ellicott City, MD. August 3, 2005.