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					CONSENT ITEM FOR GOVERNING BOARD ACTION #12.14 8/5/2009 PREPARED BY: Reynaldo Santa Cruz, Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources

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VALLEJO CITY UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT POLICY FOR SECOND READING –PANDEMIC FLU ________________________________________________________________________ RECOMMENDED ACTION: It is recommended that the Governing Board review and approve the Pandemic Illness Response in Schools Policy for Second Reading. BACKGROUND: This policy, recommended by Vanita Finney, former Coordinator of Health Services, is proposed for second reading. It was passed by the Board as presented at the June 17, 2009 meeting. Changes since then have been made in formatting and to make the language parallel to the policies that have been adopted since 2004. Changes are indicated by the use of italics and strikethroughs. The rationale for a specific policy on pandemic flu is that, in the event of a pandemic illness/flu outbreak, schools should be prepared to respond appropriately in managing the school population. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the California Department of Education, and the California School Boards Association recommend that districts develop contingency plans for dealing with an infectious disease outbreak, such as a pandemic influenza. These contingency plans should be incorporated into the District’s emergency and disaster preparedness plan. The District’s emergency and disaster preparedness plan should include guidance and procedures for dealing with medical emergencies, social distancing, isolation and/or quarantine, and school closures. In the event of a pandemic influenza outbreak, the County Public Health Officer will give directives to the School District via the Superintendent, Superintendent Designee, and/or school nurse. These will need to be accomplished after the Policy is adopted.

FISCAL IMPACT: Expense of emergency supplies for each school site in the District and printing of prevention education materials.

Vallejo City USD
Board Policy
Business and Noninstructional Operations Emergencies and Disaster Preparedness Plan The Superintendent or designee shall ensure that the District’s emergency and disaster preparedness plan include procedures for dealing with medical emergencies, such as a pandemic flu outbreak. The District shall have local public health administrators involved in the District’s planning process.

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Pandemic Illness Response in Schools In the event of a pandemic illness/flu, schools shall be prepared to respond appropriately in managing the school population. Pandemic flu is a global outbreak of disease that occurs when three conditions are met:  A new influenza type A virus appears or “emerges” in the human population for which this is no human immunity.  It causes serious human illness.  It spreads easily from person to person worldwide. In developing policy and procedures, priority will be given to:  Maintaining safety and control  Reducing the possibility of transmission (control the spread of disease)  Increasing the efficiency of staff with specialty training  Controlling and utilizing essential resources  Protecting students and staff from becoming infected The Board of Trustees recognizes that all information and direction, including social distancing and school closures for extended periods of time pertaining to a pandemic illness, will be determined by the Solano County Public Health Officer. The County Public Health Officer will give directives to the School District via the Superintendent, Superintendent Designee, and/or lead school nurse according to the Solano County Public Health Emergency Operations Plan. The Superintendent, Superintendent Designee, and/or lead school nurse shall communicate the directives received to each other. Communication between the County Public Health Officer and the District shall be maintained. Early preventive education shall ould be provided to staff, parents, and students as deemed necessary by the Solano County Public Health Officer. Pursuant to State law, school employees are considered disaster service workers and are subject to disaster service activities assigned to them in the event of pandemic emergency response.

Continuity of student learning: School Closures The Board of Trustees recognizes that schools may be closed and transitioned to use for management and/or treatment of a pandemic illness under the direction of the County Public Health Officer. Schools may be utilized:  To support the ill  As vaccine clinics  For other related uses as deemed necessary

The Board of Trustees recognizes that the District may need to consider and implement alternative approaches to meet the academic needs of the students in the event that the County Public Health Officer orders that schools be closed. The Board of Trustees recognizes that the County Public Health Officer will determine when pandemic illness is no longer a risk to public health and will disseminate procedures to resume school functions.

Legal Reference: EDUCATION CODE 32282 & 32286 Comprehensive School Safety Plan 3516 Emergencies and Disaster Preparedness Plan 5141.22 Infectious Diseases GOVERNMENT CODE 3100-3101 Emergency Disaster Worker HEALTH & SAFETY CODE 120175 120125 120135

Management Resources: CSBA PUBLICATIONS Avian Influenza, Governance and policy Services Fact Sheet, April 2006

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Publications, Pandemic Influenza Planning Checklist Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: http://www.cdc.gov

Contra Costa County Office of Education, Pandemic influenza resources: http://www.cccoe.k12.ca.us/about/flu/resources_flu_action_kit

Vallejo City Unified School District Recommended for Second Reading: August 5, 2009


				
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