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If a vaccination program is initiated, however, the vaccine will not be available until several weeks after the school year begins. [...] it will be critical for schools to begin planning nonpharmaceutical interventions to prevent disease transmission and protect students and staff, as well as local communities, from infection.
NASP News The Children’s Fund Board of Trustees made a $1,000 disaster dona- Children’s Fund tion to the Huntley Project School for the purpose of providing self-care and Aids Huntley mental-health-related books for rebuild- Project High School ing the library. Attached is an excerpt from a letter sent to the Children’s Fund by Tiphanie Keefe, school psychologist BY TIPHANIE KEEFE & at the Huntley Project High School. JOELENE GOODOVER S tudents, staﬀ, and community The staﬀ have had nothing but glow- members were stunned when the ing reports about the books. We have ROBERT PEARS/ISTOCKPHOTO Huntley Project High School was one teacher already using one of the destroyed by ﬁre in September 2008, the bullying books to help with behavior ﬁre having been a result of arson by four in some of her classes. Other staﬀ have students. Along with the material goods mentioned that they were not aware and the building that were destroyed, that there were books of this quality many memories of community activities dealing with these types of issues even H1N1 Flu Preparations were also lost. The Huntley Project High School was available. I've actually used some of the OCD [obsessive compulsive disor- more than a building to the 230 stu- der] books in my therapy sessions. T he H1N1 ﬂu has been declared a disease transmission and protect dents. As in most rural areas, the school Another staﬀ member checked out Level 6 Pandemic, which is deﬁned students and staﬀ, as well as local com- is a center for the community, drawing one of the books on anxiety to help by the World Health Organization munities, from infection. Depending students from four small Montana com- her understand her own child better. I as “the worldwide outbreak of a disease on the timing and severity of a potential munities and the rural areas surrounding think we have all been very impressed in humans in numbers clearly in excess fall H1N1 wave, those interventions them. As a result of intensive planning with not only the quality of the books of normal” (www.who.int/csr/disease/ could include: extra measures to ensure and the commitment of the communi- but also with the wide range of issues swineﬂu/en). The current H1N1 ﬂu se- that commonly touched surfaces are ties, seven trailers were set up within a they address. Next year the books will verity level is “moderate,” meaning that disinfected, strict enforcement of week so that school could resume. be available to check out of a profes- most patients will experience uncompli- exclusion policies for students and staﬀ cated, self-limited illness. with ﬂu-like symptoms, or extended NASP has been invited to partici- pate in several national-level meetings school closures. In addition, because schools could be used as vaccine Changes in Store for NASP Elections 2010 to plan ways to mitigate the physical distribution locations, schools should BY CHARLES DEUPREE and mental health eﬀects of H1N1 ﬂu, consider how they might accommodate
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