Swine Flu Advice

Thursday, April 30th, 2009 at 8:53 am by

When I completed my doctoral studies, one of my nieces helpfully noted that despite my new title, I wasn’t “a real doctor.” Obviously, offering an opinion on precautions districts should take with Swine Flu will require more background than exhaustive study of Sergiovanni and Fullan.

Thankfully, on Monday, state Health Commissioner Richard Daines (a “real” doctor) and State Education Commissioner Richard Mills issued joint statements on the Swine Flu. They can be found here.

The materials issued by the state agencies include model news releases and letters to parents for districts to adapt and use.

At this point, they are urging preventative measures like handwashing to minimize the transmission of germs and are signaling the possibility that if the flu progresses, they may determine that it is necessary to close schools. However, they have not recommended that step yet; and so far, confirmed cases have been limited in number.

At this time, we’d recommend tracking governmental advice closely. In addition to the SED weblink above, you can visit the Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control.

For those who want to be updated in real time, you can follow the CDC’s Twitter feed. If there are any major changes in official advice, we will update you via the listserv and this blog.

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