Dakota County Pandemic Influenza Tabletop Exercise: K-12 School Closure as a Disease Containment Measure, April 17, 2008 [open pdf - 221KB]
"This exercise was a re-creation of an exercise designed by the Minnesota Department of Health to discuss K-12 school closure as a disease containment measure during a pandemic flu incident. The goal of the Dakota County Pandemic Influenza tabletop exercise was to: Advance planning in Dakota County school districts through a discussion of issues that would arise during a pandemic disease and provide valuable feedback for policy formulation at all levels of government The planning team was composed of numerous and diverse agencies, including Dakota County, the cities of Eagan and Sunfish Lake, and Independent School Districts 191, 194, and 196. Based on the exercise planning team's deliberations, the following objectives were developed: Objective 1: Describe the potential impact of a pandemic on schools and the community; Objective 2: Exchange ideas about the impact and policy implications of closing and re-opening schools in Dakota County; Objective 3: Discuss the roles and responsibilities of the school district and other agencies in preparing and responding to pandemic influenza; Objective 4: Use discussion points from the tabletop to improve local plans, and provide feedback for policy formulation at all levels of government The purpose of this report is to analyze exercise results, identify strengths to be maintained and built upon, identify potential areas for further improvement, and support development of corrective actions."
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Dakota County Pandemic Influenza Tabletop Exercise: K-12 School Closure as a Disease Containment Measure, April 17, 2008