Friday, August 14, 2009

Clayton State Preparing Students and Faculty for Possible Swine Flu Outbreak

Clayton State University’s University Health Services is encouraging the Clayton State faculty and students to be prepared for flu season.

In an all-campus email communication, Dr. Julia Spinolo, director of University Health Services and assistant professor of Nursing, had a very basic message for the faculty…

“If a student has flu like symptoms (a fever of 100.5 or greater, sore throat, runny nose, and cough) please tell them to stay home!”

Spinolo also encourages faculty members to send students who appear to be ill to University Health Services (UHS) and to plan ahead.

“Develop a plan for notification of illness. Inform your students how you wish to be notified if they have the flu. Develop a contingency plan for how you will handle the continuation of instruction should you be ill and are unable to attend or conduct class for up to two weeks,” she said. “Review your attendance policies, penalties, and make up procedures for students work. Please consider that we WANT students to stay home if they are sick, so please be lenient regarding students missing class for illness.

“Consider needed changes in your syllabus and your attendance policies. Schedule make up days for tests and project/paper due dates. Consider alternative on line assignments that do not require class attendance as an option.”

Spinolo also reminds faculty about some of the basic prevention techniques, including using hand sanitizer and proper cough technique (coughing in the inner elbow instead of hands).

A similar message will be going out to the student body early next week, in conjunction with the start of fall semester classes.

A unit of the University System of Georgia, Clayton State University is an outstanding comprehensive metropolitan university located 15 miles southeast of downtown Atlanta.
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