H1N1 Guidance for Schools   

The Wayne County Department of Public Health and Wayne County Schools are working together in following the guidance provided by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) for preventing and managing the spread of H1N1 flu virus in schools. Schools will not be closed for individual suspected or confirmed cases of H1N1 flu virus unless modified guidance is received from CDC or MDCH. Students and staff with flu-like symptoms are expected to stay home for a minimum of 24 hours after they no longer have fever or signs of a fever without the use of fever-reducing medicines.

Under conditions with similar severity as in spring 2009, the Wayne County Department of Public Health will not advise schools to close unless absenteeism among staff or students due to flu interferes with the school's ability to function. Schools and parents can help contain the spread of the flu virus by encouraging good cough, sneeze and hand hygiene practices.

For School Personnel

PDF DocumentPreparing For the Flu; CDC Communications Toolkit for Schools

PDF DocumentAlcohol Sanitizer Sample Policy

CDC Guidance on School Management of H1N1, October 21, 2009 

PDF DocumentWorksite Poster - Printable color poster encouraging staff vaccine

Preparing for the Flu: A Communications Toolkit for Schools - CDC toolkit materials for schools

Materials and Resources

School Network for Absenteeism Prevention 

Free programs and materials on hand hygiene, from Gojo 

NASN Radio suggestions for successful hand hygiene program

Printable hand washing posters in multiple languages 

PDF DocumentPrevention Poster  - Printable color poster on flu prevention with personal hygiene measures

PDF DocumentWhat To Do If You Get Sick - Printable color two page handout for parents

Prevention Lesson Plans Grades 1-6 - Online, interactive lesson materials by Kleenex

Cleaning Resources and Information- Cleaning protocols, materials, information from Clorox

Handwashing Video - Video instructions for handwashing for preschool ages (Health Promotion Board of Singapore)

Handwashing Video - Middle School through adult

Free printable, posters, flyers, materials