Scientists predict that the world is due for an influenza pandemica global outbreak from a new strain of influenza. The U.S. Department of Education is collaborating with the health experts and agencies across the federal government to ensure that, in the case of pandemic flu, our operations and the services we provide will continue. State and local preparedness will be crucial in preventing the spread of disease. Because schools are centers of community life, we ask that educators and administrators work with local officials to make planning for pandemic flu a priority. The tools below are designed to assist you in disseminating health information, planning for staff and student absences, and maintaining a learning environment.
PandemicFlu.gov One-stop access to all federal information related to pandemic and avian flu. Includes comprehensive information for community planning.
Pan Flu Guidance Focuses on the elementary and secondary education issues and implications of the type of prolonged school closure that is recommended in the Community Mitigation Guidance for severe pandemics. PDF (98 KB) | Word (140 KB)
Preparing for Pandemic Flu: A Family Checklist Video Defines the flu variations and suggests four things parents can do to prepare for it.
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Community Mitigation Guidance "Non-pharmaceutical" approaches for mitigating the effects of an influenza pandemic. Created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for communities, schools, and colleges. See press release and letter from Secretary Spellings.
Emergency Planning Information for building pandemic flu into your comprehensive emergency plan.
Pandemic Flu: A Planning Guide for Educators Identifies issues to consider when planning for seasonal flu, a mild or moderate pandemic flu, or a severe pandemic.
Examples of State and Local Plans and Planning Efforts A panel of experts identified examples of strong planning efforts and useful resources.
CDC Flu: Stop the Spread of Germs: Actions for Schools Ways to prevent flu from spreading in schools.
Planning Checklists To help schools in creating pandemic preparedness plans.
Secretary Spellings' letter to school districts Asks local education agencies to create plans for a potenial flu outbreak.
Pandemic Flu: Preparing and Protecting Against Avian Influenza White House site, which includes the Implementation Plan for the National Strategy for Pandemic Influenza.