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H1N1 Flu Preparations

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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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                 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.


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      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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