As you are aware, flu can spread easily from person to person. Therefore, we are taking steps to prevent the spread of flu on campus. We are working closely with Public Health Solutions, the county health department, to monitor flu conditions and make decisions about the best steps to take for Doane College. We will keep you updated with new information as it becomes available to us.
The gold sheet sent out by Nurse Kelly contains good information regarding H1N1 flu. For more information about flu in our community and what our institution is doing, visit www.doane.edu/flu-prevention. For the most up-to-date information on the flu, visit www.flu.gov, or call 1-800-CDC-INFO (232-4636). We will notify you of any additional changes to our institutional strategy to prevent the spread of flu on our campus.
H1N1 FLU: YOUR HELP IS NEEDED
- PREVENTION IS KEY - There are disinfecting agents (either Clorox Wipes or bottles of spray disinfectant and paper towels) and hand sanitizer in every classroom on campus. If such supplies are missing from the room contact a building custodian or the Maintenance Department for replacements. Since the H1N1 virus can live on surfaces for 2 - 8 hours after contact, it is imperative that we do everything possible to protect our students, staff and faculty from infection. Given the highly contagious nature of this virus, we need your help in keeping our classrooms as clean as possible. Our custodians will clean the rooms at the end of the day, so the first class in a room in the morning should be fine. However, whenever a new class enters the room as the day progresses, please have students help clean the top of the desks in which they will be sitting. As a faculty member, you can set a good example by also wiping down the desk you are using as well as both sides of the door handle to the classroom. There may be other surfaces that also could use a swipe with a wipe. Please let students know that hand sanitizer is available for them to use to disinfect their hands. If we do all we can to prevent the spread of the virus, that will significantly reduce the chance that we will have an outbreak on campus.
- EMERGENCY CONTACT - If you have not already done so, please sign up for e2Campus emergency notification system. This will enable the College to send critical news to your personal cell phone. We have reserved this notification system to be used only for true emergencies. In the event of a need to communicate urgent information regarding the H1N1 Flu the e2Campus notification system will be used as one of the means of communication. There is no charge for these services; however, your cell carrier may charge you for text messages. To sign up visit www.doane.edu/alerts.
- CLASSROOM DELIVERY ALTERNATIVES - Given the infectious nature of the H1N1 virus, please consider ways that you could deliver course content to help students stay current in your class if they need to go home due to sickness. I know that many, if not all, of you already do this; however, the nature of this flu virus is such that a significant number of students could be absent for a couple of days or more. It is vital that we do all we can to help students stay current in our courses as that will increase their chance of success even if they come down with the flu. Their success, in turn, can have a significant impact on retention.
- ATTENDANCE POLICY - Many of you have an attendance policy that can impact grades if students have a certain number of unexcused absences. Sickness, if verified by a note from Nurse Kelly or a doctor, would be classified as an excused absence. The problem with this flu is that we could be overwhelmed with sick students such that they cannot all get to Nurse Kelly in person. However, we are requiring students with the flu to at least notify Nurse Kelly by phone or e-mail if they cannot get in to see her. Also, the general approach to the flu is to stay home until the infectious stage has passed. Only in very special cases should those infected see a doctor. I would encourage you to be understanding, especially regarding a note, if you have students infected by this virus.
- FLU-RELATED FACULTY ABSENCES - If you have the flu or flu-like symptoms you should not come to work for at least 24 hours after you no longer have a fever (100 degrees Fahrenheit) or signs of a fever (have chills, feel very warm, have a flushed appearance, or are sweating.) This should be determined without the use of fever-reducing medications. If you develop any of the above symptoms while at work you should notify the Faculty Secretaries office (826-8623 or 826-8660) immediately and go home. When notifying the Faculty Secretaries office please let them know that you have flu-like symptoms because we will be using this information to monitor the number of flu cases at the College.
In the event that your child's school or child care provider would need to close due to an outbreak of the flu, you should consider using alternate teaching methods to maintain continuity of the class schedule at the same time being able to care for your children.
TOGETHER, WITH A LITTLE EFFORT AND A LITTLE LUCK, WE CAN GET THROUGH THIS IN A HEALTHY STATE.