Preschools through Colleges
Child care and preschool programs can help protect the health of their staff and the
children and families they serve. Interruptions in child care services during an influenza
(flu) pandemic may cause conflicts for working parents that could result in high absenteeism
in workplaces. Some of that absenteeism could be expected to affect personnel and
workplaces that are critical to the emergency response system. The U.S. Department
of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
(CDC) offer checklists and planning tools to help programs prepare for the effects
of a flu pandemic. Many of these steps can also help in other types of emergencies.
Community Strategy for Pandemic Influenza Mitigation
CDC guidelines on actions, designed primarily to reduce contact between people, that
community government and health officials can take to try to limit the spread of infection
should a pandemic flu develop. NOTE: Appendixes 5, 6, and 7 contain information for childcare programs, elementary schools,
and colleges and universities.
in html format: www.flu.gov/planning-preparedness/community/index.html
in .pdf format: www.flu.gov/planning-preparedness/community/community_mitigation.pdf
Child Care and Preschool Pandemic Influenza Planning
in html format: www.pandemicflu.gov/plan/school/preschool.html
in .pdf format: www.pandemicflu.gov/plan/pdf/child_care.pdf
School District (K-12) Pandemic Influenza Planning
Local educational agencies (LEAs) play an integral role in protecting the health and
safety of their district's staff, students and their families. The Department of Health
and Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
have developed the following checklist to assist LEAs in developing and/or improving
plans to prepare for and respond to an influenza pandemic.
in html format: www.pandemicflu.gov/plan/school/schoolchecklist.html
in .pdf format: www.pandemicflu.gov/plan/pdf/schoolchecklist.pdf
Colleges and Universities Pandemic Influenza Planning Checklist
In the event of an influenza pandemic, colleges and universities will play an integral
role in protecting the health and safety of students, employees and their families.
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention (CDC) have developed the following checklist as a framework to assist
colleges and universities to develop and/or improve plans to prepare for and respond
to an influenza pandemic.
in html format: www.pandemicflu.gov/plan/school/collegeschecklist.html
in .pdf format: www.pandemicflu.gov/plan/pdf/colleges_universities.pdf
Emergency Planning: Pandemic (US Department of Education)
Provides tools to assist with disseminating health information, planning for staff
and student absences, and maintaining a learning environment during a Pandemic.
Pandemic Planning Examples of State and Local Plans and Planning Efforts (US Department
The Department of Education has gathered information on state and local pandemic planning
efforts to help others begin or refine their pandemic influenza plans.
Pandemic Flu: A Planning Guide for Educators (US Department of Education)
Identifies issues to consider when planning for seasonal flu, a mild or moderate pandemic
flu, or a severe pandemic. It tells what a "flu pandemic" is, how influenza spreads,
and what can be done to limit the spread of the flu.