TNCC Takes Proactive Measures to Protect Against H1N1

Published: September 4, 2009

To protect the health, safety and welfare of students and employees, Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) is taking proactive measures to combat the spread of the H1N1 flu virus. The College’s plan includes distributing information about prevention and guidelines to protect the campus community in the event of reported cases of the virus.

Prior to the start of fall semester, TNCC distributed hand sanitizers to all faculty and staff members and encouraged them to take extra precautions to protect themselves against the virus. Students also received personal hand sanitizers as well as a list of tips on healthy practices when the new semester began. The College complemented these efforts with an updated emergency preparedness plan specifically for pandemic flu, in addition to print and electronic advisories and tips to educate the campus community at-large about good hygiene, H1N1 symptoms and preventative measures. In the coming weeks, TNCC will offer flu vaccines for the College community.

The College recently issued a new Classroom Contagious Disease Procedure to educate students about the symptoms of H1N1, prevention and what to do if one becomes sick. The new procedure outlines measures for coping with reported cases of H1N1 and/or other serious contagious diseases. The College will maintain an individual’s confidentiality and privacy when addressing reported cases.

In accordance with the new procedure, faculty and staff have been advised to alert students via course syllabi that they should remain home if they have symptoms that may pose a risk to others. Course syllabi should include advisories for students to contact their instructors by phone if they suspect they have contracted a contagious disease that would cause the student to miss more than one day of class. Instructors should immediately inform respective deans of any reports of serious contagious disease that may put others at risk such as meningitis, H1N1, measles, mumps, and mononucleosis.

After notification by an instructor, the dean contacts the student to assess if the student has been evaluated by a health care provider and to give guidance on notifying the College of his or her health status in order to continue attending class and/or participating in any TNCC activity.

Finally, the dean informs the Vice President for Academic Affairs when the student is medically cleared to return to class giving the Vice President for Student Affairs a copy of the student’s medical clearance documents that allows the student to return to class and/or participate in any TNCC activity.

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