Next Tuesday, Superintendent Dan Fishbein will attend a "pandemic influenza summit for district superintendents and local health officials" sponsored by the New Jersey Department of Education, in collaboration with the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services.
(From the press release:)
According to Education Commissioner Lucille Davy, the goal "is to call attention to the need for planning for a possible statewide H1N1 outbreak before the traditional opening day of school issues take center stage."
"It is important that health officials and school officials collaborate on pandemic influenza plans so that we can respond in a coordinated effort as we plan for a resurgence of the H1N1 influenza virus this fall," said Heather Howard, Commissioner for the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services.
Topics to be covered at the summit include updates on the latest information from the federal Centers for Disease Control and the US Department of Education, a discussion of New Jersey’s pandemic plan, guidance on school closures and the continuity of educational services and "best practices" that can help school districts develop plans to prevent the spread of H1N1 address closure issues should they arise.
(end of press release)
The federal government recently released new guidelines for school districts to follow in the event of a flu pandemic this fall. I'll post some of those guidelines tomorrow... (along with the next "chapter" in our Board of Ed self evaluation).
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