From the Introduction: "This manual was prepared by the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) with support and guidance from the Georgia Division of Public Health (GDPH) and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) to assist local school administrators and staff in developing pandemic influenza plans for their respective school districts. Public health authorities conclude the probability of an influenza pandemic has increased markedly in recent years. [...] This document includes information about on-line training sessions from the Federal Emergency Management Agency called the National Incident Management System (NIMS). NIMS developed on-line training sessions for school administrators and other school staff, as well sessions on basic Incident Command Center operations. The framework of any emergency plan, including pandemic influenza planning, should include the operational principles detailed in the NIMS training sessions. This document includes specific considerations and samples to consider when developing a pandemic plan: prevention and education; access control; surveillance and screening; infection control and precautions; communication methods for staff, parents, and community; school activities and operations; local and state responsibilities; recovery and resources."