We’re sure your campus workplace’s health & safety departments have already considered this. But as IT professionals, perhaps you have more sway in the digital dissemination of critical information. So, we’re borrowing this list of steps for preventing coronavirus at schools from our sister site, Campus Safety for you to do with as you see fit.
Several years ago, Campus Safety spoke with Dr. Sony Shepherd of Safe Havens International on the steps campuses can take to limit the spread of the H1N1 virus. Her advice applies today to the coronavirus.
Those steps for preventing coronavirus at schools and campuses include:
- Create or review your pandemic flu plan and identify which officials are responsible for activating it.
- Educate your community about common sense hygiene that can prevent the spread of disease: washing hands; covering your mouth when coughing; and staying home from school or work when you are sick.
- Address continuity of operations should the campus be closed for a significant amount of time.
- Stock up on infection prevention supplies (cleaning supplies).
- Develop a process with the public health department on how to report absenteeism.
- Have policies in place outlining how and when to isolate students if they become ill.
- Have policies in place outlining when students who have recovered can return to school.
- Heed the advice of organizations like the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO).
- Don’t purchase masks — they won’t prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
In your capacity in IT and technology decision-making, can you help expedite any of these steps?
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