A Four Stage Incident Management Process is Provided and Discussed.
Learn How To Plan
Make everyone a stakeholder. Spell out roles and responsibilities.
Protect Your Students
Know your resources.
Test them against your toughest scenarios.
Know How To Respond
Recognize problems earlier.
Make the right decision faster.
Plan To Continue
Keep the learning process alive.
It's not a matter of IF, but WHEN
To Close or Not to Close
School Closure Discussion-Based Exercise
A Facilitated discussion among educators, law enforcement, public health, and emergency management representative and other planning partners to consider the process of school closure and how school closure would effect their organizations and communities.
Each day of the workshop will offer training on a wide range of issues including:
• Emergency Plan: Addresses all four phases of emergency management planning.
• Pandemic Plan: This plan is built upon components in existing emergency management plans .
• Communication Plan: Identify audiences and developing key messages (students, parents, staff, etc.).
• Privacy: Privacy issues and challenges.
• School Closure: Consider the process of school closure and how school closure would effect their organizations and communications.
• Legal Preparedness: Legal Preparedness for school closures in response to H1N1 flu.
• Expand Prevention: Action steps to prevent the spread of H1N1 flu and help to keep students, teachers, and staff from getting sick.
• Surveillance Systems: Plan for creating and implementing a surveillance system in partnership with state and /or local health departments.
• Index of Suspicion: Key symptoms Influenza like illness, fever, flush, sore throat or cough.
• Response: Building a school-based crisis team.
• Risk Communications: Media relations, crisis communications news & information.
• Community Partners: What can community and faith-based organizations do to help families and school during a flu response?
• Incident Command: Incident Command Systems, The Transition Form Routine Day to Day Operations to Effective Management Control.
• Recovery: Working with students, families, staff, friends and the school community.
• Continuity of Learning: Planning for Recovery in the Preparedness Phase & How to keep the Learning Process Alive.
• Strategies: Alternate learning strategies. Restructuring of school calendar.
• Recovery: Establish the criteria for calling an end to the pandemic event and resuming learning and activities.
• Influenza-like Illness: What to do if a student, faculty, or a staff appear to have an influenza-like illness at arrival or become ill during the school day.
• Risk Assessment: Siblings of sick children and their ability to continue to aatend school.
• Real Cases: Triggers for moving plans to action.
• Contingency Plans: Contingency plans who depend on student housing and food services.
• Grants Workshop: Finding your School H1NI Preparedness Planning Workshop
• School-Based: School based outbreak, communication plan identify audiences and key messages (students parents, faculty, staff, etc)
• School Dismissal: What is the difference between a school dismissal and school closure? What are the different types of school dismissal?
• Supplies & Tools: Supplies, equipment, and services that needed during the outbreak.
• Counseling Services: Develop a plan for providing 24/7 counseling services for students, staff and faculty.
• Districts: Responsibility for Setting and Enforcing Standards.
• Best Practices: How to conduct drills and exercises using best practices?
• Real Cases: Characteristics of a pandemic influenza.
• Screening: Best practices for conducting active fever and symptom screening of students, teachers and staff.
• Pandemic Planning: Take Action key Principles for effective pandemic planning.
• Social Distancing: What can schools do to increase social distance during an H1N1 outbreak. School bus rides, what precautions should be made?
• Infection Control: Implementing Infection control policies and procedures that help limit the spread of influenza.
• Communications: How does emergency communications work better ways of getting the message out to students, parents and staff.