Share information about the avian flu with parents.
Distribute information on -how-to prevent the flu.
Make clear the differences between the flu and avian flu to prevent panic.
Have a letter prepared in advance for all schools to use if and when a confirmed case of avian flu is discovered on campus.
The letters would be sent home with students immediately after the case was confirmed.
Educate teachers and support staff about avian flu and strategies underway to prevent a pandemic.
Establish a working relationship between superintendents, principals, commanders, and community/public health officials to share information and coordinate any efforts that may impact on schools and communities.
Discuss any future vaccination programs with health officials. Stress the risk for school employees and the need to vaccinate them early.
Get as much information regarding the disease as quickly as you can.
Share fact sheets from clinics and community health agencies on the nature of avian flu and how to prevent its spread.
Hold a planning meeting with principals from various campuses in a community to discuss when and how to distribute any letters and fact sheets.
Work with community health professionals
Principals should plan meetings with staff to explain the nature of any outbreak and distribute any facts sheets or other information.
The fact sheet should also be distributed to all staff members.
Consider using an articulate school nurse as the district's spokesperson for any media inquiries.
Develop talking points and conduct practice interviews with the lead nurse or spokesperson.
Use the web site to post information.
Coordinate any releases with community health officials before going public.
Make decisions that are best for your school and district.
Communicate quickly, both internally and externally.
Determine sources and collect accurate data.
Use a fact sheet for responses to telephone calls so that everyone gives out the same information.
Kept the school boards and advisory committees informed daily.
Keep good records on any flu scares or referrals including telephone logs, and written notes from all meetings with staff and officials.
Additional school nurses could be used to interview students and to make contact with parents if an outbreak occurred.
Keep parents and the news media informed on a daily basis through parent letters, hotline messages, the school Internet home page, and media interviews.
Consider town hall meetings to get accurate information out.
Share reports of flu cases with other district school leaders or key personnel
Slow or stop the spread of any outbreak of avian flu in schools.