H1N1 Flu in Kansas
Human cases of the 2009 H1N1 flu virus (initially known as swine flu) have been identified in Kansas as well as in additional states and internationally. We have posted information about H1N1 to help keep you informed. Please know that we remain in contact with the county health department to ensure the health and safety of students and staff.
According to our state health department - effective immediately:
- School closure is not advised for a suspected or confirmed case. In general, closure is not advised for multiple cases unless there is a magnitude of faculty or student absenteeism that interferes with the school's ability to function.
- Students, faculty or staff with influenza-like illness (fever with a cough or sore throat) should stay home and not attend school or go into the community except to seek medical care for at least 7 days, even if symptoms resolve sooner.
- Students, faculty and staff who are still sick 7 days after they become ill should continue to stay home from school until at least 24 hours after symptoms have resolved.
- Students, faculty and staff who appear to have an influenza-like illness at arrival or become ill during the school day should be isolated promptly in a room separate from other students and sent home.
- Parents and guardians should monitor their school-aged children, and faculty and staff should self-monitor every morning for symptoms of influenza-like illness.
- Ill students should not attend alternative child care or congregate in settings other than school.
School administrators will communicate regularly with local public health officials to obtain guidance about reporting of influenza-like illnesses in the school. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment is also ready to consult with school officials on this matter.
Schools can help serve as a focus for educational activities aimed at promoting ways to reduce the spread of influenza, including hand hygiene and cough etiquette. Students, faculty and staff should stringently follow sanitary measures to reduce the spread of influenza, including covering their nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing (or coughing or sneezing into their sleeve if a tissue isn't available), frequently washing hands with soap and water, or using hand sanitizer if hand washing with soap and water is not possible.
We appreciate the efforts that Kansas educators have taken to protect students, staff and the wider community from infection with this new virus. We will continue to communicate with you about the role of educational institutions in reducing transmission of this virus as our scientific and medical understanding grows.
- Info from The Kansas Department of Health & Environment. > Click here.
- Six things every Kansan should know about H1N1. > Click here.
- Questions & answers about H1N1. > Click here.
- Prepare Metro KC - Web site with information about H1N1.
Please note the following links to information about swine flu:
- Swine Flu Information from the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC)
- U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services
- Pandemic Flu
The following CDC links provide more specific prevention information:
- Germ Stopper posters and materials (Germ stopper, Cover Your Cough, and Healthy Habits)
- Hand washing and other Germ Stopper resources