ADE Director's Communication Memo Form


Memo Number : COM-10-036

Date Created : 08/28/2009

Attention:

Superintendents
Co-op Directors
Secondary Principals
Elementary Principals
Middle School Principals
High School Principals
other: School nurses

Type of Memo: Informational
Response Required: No
   
Section:   Communications - Julie Thompson, Director
Subject:
H1N1 Flu Guidance

Regulatory Authority:
N/A

Contact Person:
Julie Johnson Thompson

Phone Number:
501-683-4786

E-mail:
julie.thompson@arkansas.gov

The Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) and the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) are working together to provide schools with the latest guidance and news regarding the H1N1 flu virus. The latest guidance from the U.S Department of Education (USDOE) is attached. Also attached are a news release issued August 26, 2009, by the Arkansas Department of Health and a frequently asked questions document to assist teachers. Please distribute or post appropriately.

While the impact of the H1N1 flu virus is impossible to predict at this point, the USDOE and Centers for Disease Control are NOT recommending school closure due to a case of H1N1 flue at this time. Instead, the guidance remains much as it did at the end of the 2008-2009 school year: send students and staff exhibiting flu-like symptoms home with the advice that they call a physician and encourage frequent hand washing as well as the use of tissues when coughing or sneezing.

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