Schools: Pandemic Preparedness

Schools, which concentrate children and other groups into close proximity, will encourage spread of viruses like pandemic influenza. During the 1918 pandemic, Minnesota schools were closed several times, and teachers were asked to help with the pandemic.

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Who can close schools in Minnesota?
School hygiene
School closure tabletop
Resources

Who can close schools in Minnesota?

In 1918, schools were closed several times. Teachers were asked to help with the pandemic; students were asked to stay home. Schools were also closed in some places during the SARS outbreak of 2003. Schools often experience outbreaks of seasonal influenza in Minnesota.

During the next pandemic, the Minnesota Department of Health might recommend school closures. The governor has the authority to declare a state of emergency, at which point he could close schools and other public gatherings.

School hygiene

One of the biggest concerns about public gatherings, including schools, is the spread of disease. Find out how to limit the spread of germs in your school.

School closure tabletop

Resources

 

Updated Wednesday, 05-Jan-2011 13:02:14 CST