005. School Pandemic Flu Response Plan

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School Pandemic Response Plan produced for school in Lancashire, January 2009, some time before the public became aware of the plethora of unanswered questions raised about this 'pandemic'.
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    s:\my documents\data\documents\policies\updated policies\school_pandemic_flu_response_plan.doc School PandemicInfluenza ResponsePlan Version 1.0 Issue Date:January 2009Compiled by:Catherine Armistead  School Pandemic Influenza Response Plan Version 1.0 Page 2 of 18 1 Introduction............................................................................................................................................. 32 Aims and Objectives............................................................................................................................... 33 UK Alert Levels........................................................................................................................................ 34 Trigger points for individual school closure........................................................................................ 35 Response Plan............................................................................................................................................ 45.1 Response Level 1  Cases only outside UK........................................................................................ 45.2 Response Level 2  Virus isolated in the UK.................................................................................... 45.3 Response Level 3  Outbreaks in the UK......................................................................................... 55.4 Response Level 4A  Widespread virus in UK and cases in Lancashire....................................... 55.5 Response Level 4B  Widespread virus in Lancashire.................................................................... 66 Recovery.................................................................................................................................................... 6Appendix A Incident log sheet................................................................................................................. 7Appendix B Cleaning Equipment Stock List............................................................................................. 9Appendix C Template Letter to Parents/Carers (Sit-Rep 1)............................................................... 10Appendix D Letter to Parents/Carers (Sit-Rep 2)................................................................................ 12Appendix E Letter to Parents/Carers (County Wide Recommended School Closure).................13Appendix F Letter to Parents/Carers (Unavoidable School Closure)................................................. 14Appendix G Letter to Parents/Carers (School Reopen)....................................................................... 15Appendix H Parent/Carer/Volunteer Pool............................................................................................... 16Appendix I List of Key Contacts.............................................................................................................. 17Appendix J Staff Absence Monitoring Form......................................................................................... 18  School Pandemic Influenza Response Plan Version 1.0 Page 3 of 18 1   Introduction Influenza pandemics are not new. Three flu pandemics caused public health emergencies during the last centuryand experts are predicting that another is inevitable and will almost certainly reach the UK. No one knowsexactly when a pandemic will occur. Once a pandemic arrives, it is likely to spread throughout the country in amatter of weeks.Silverdale St John  s CE Primary School have produced this plan to provide a framework for how the school willrespond to this event. The framework follows advice issued by the Governmenthttp://www.teachernet.gov.uk/emergencies/planning/flupandemic/ and Lancashire County Council Guidance Document https://schoolsportal.lancsngfl.ac.uk/education/atoz/e/emergency/LCCEmergGuid07.pdf  The purpose of this Response Plan is to define the schools  response to a human influenza pandemic. This planshould be read in conjunction with the school  s Health & Safety Policy and the school's emergency responseplan. 2   Aims and Objectives The aims and objectives of this emergency plan are to ensure: ·   Rapid and appropriate action is taken to safeguard pupils and staff; ·   The school supports national efforts to contain or restrict the spread of the virus; ·   Accurate information is available when required; ·   Normal school routines are maintained as far as possible, giving continuity to the education of pupils; ·   Immediate, sensitive and non-intrusive support is offered. 3   UK Alert Levels   UK Alert Level Description 1 Virus/cases only outside the UK2 Virus isolated in the UK3 Outbreak(s) in the UK4 Widespread activity across the UK 4   Trigger points for individual school closure It may be necessary for the school to decide to close to pupils prior to receiving a recommendation to do sofrom Lancashire County Council. This may be due to the absence of teaching staff and/or unavailability ofcover staff. The school has pre-defined the level of absence at which this decision will be made. Themonitoring of staff absences due to Pandemic Influenza shall be done using Appendix I: Function Normal Operating Level Minimum No. Head Teacher 1 0Teaching Staff 4 2Administration Staff 1 0Higher Level Teaching Assistant 1 0Classroom Support Assistants 4 2Special Support Assistants 3 0Welfare Staff 3 1Cleaning Staff 1 1  School Pandemic Influenza Response Plan Version 1.0 Page 4 of 18 5   Response Plan5.1   Response Level 1  Cases only outsideUKRef ActionOwner 1.1Begin an Incident Log and ensure all relevant incidents and actions taken arerecorded and collated in the Log at every stage. (See Appendix A)HT 1.2 Inform Chair of Governors that the response plan has been activated. HT 1.3 Inform staff that the response plan has been activated. HT 1.4 Determine who the Local Authority liaison officer is. HT 1.5Check cleaning arrangements and/or contracts and whether special provision couldbe provided during a pandemic.HT 1.6Review stocks of cleaning equipment and supplies including infection control aids.(See Appendix B)Caretaker1.7 Inform staff to consider materials for remote learning. HT 1.8Compile a pool of parents/carers and/or volunteers who could be used to supervisechildren in times of significant staff absence and request CRB checks for thosenot already cleared.HT  5.2   Response Level 2  Virus isolated in the UK   Ref ActionOwner 2.1Compile a list of key contacts including your LCC liaison and your local strategiccoordinating group.HT 2.2Send communiqué to parents/carers with a situation report informing them of apossible closure. Send DCSF information for parents/carers document. (SeeAppendix C)HT 2.3 Review and update pupil parent/carer contact details. Bursar2.4 Review arrangements for covering teaching and non-teaching duties. HT 2.5Consider the allocation of responsibilities, duties and cover arrangements during apandemic, including who would take key decisions in the event of leadership teamabsence.HT 2.6Increase cleaning regimes within school and reinforce infection controlprocedures for pupils, staff and visitors to the school.HT 2.7 Educate pupils/staff on correct hand washing procedures. Class teachers2.8Display infection control posters in all washrooms and around the school,particularly at key entrance points.HT 
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