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INFORMATIONAL LETTER NO: 127
POLICY CODE: JLCC
TO: Superintendents of Schools, Principals and School Nurses
FROM: Susan A. Gendron, Commissioner of Education
Dora Anne Mills MD, MPH, Director
Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, MDHHS
DATE: April 12, 2006
RE: Pandemic flu planning for schools
With a strain of the H5N1 avian influenza virus circulating among birds in many parts of the world and occasionally infecting people, Maine and other states are taking steps to prepare for a possible pandemic (worldwide outbreak) of this virus.
The Maine CDC (formerly Bureau of Health) is distributing new Federal funds for pandemic influenza preparedness to each hospital and county emergency management agency. They will be convening stakeholders to develop county-wide plans by early August. These plans will be exercised later this year. School districts are named as important stakeholders. The primary County Coordinator for each county will soon be named and will be posted by the Maine CDC on their website. As county level planning gets underway, school districts will be encouraged to participate in the process.
Schools may want to consider the following action steps regarding pandemic influenza preparedness:
If you have further questions, the following resources may be helpful:
Pandemic Influenza Preparedness
Avian Influenza Questions