Section 4 - Operational Services

  • Policy 4:180

    Pandemic Preparedness

    The School Board recognizes that the District will play an essential role along with the local health department and emergency management agencies in protecting the public’s health and safety if an influenza pandemic occurs. Pandemic influenza is a worldwide outbreak of a virus for which there is little or no natural immunity and no vaccine; it spreads quickly to people who have not been previously exposed to the new virus.

    To prepare the School District community for a pandemic, the Superintendent or designee shall: (1) learn and understand the roles that the federal, State, and local government would play in an epidemic; (2) form a pandemic planning team consisting of appropriate District personnel and community members to identify priorities and oversee the development and implementation of a comprehensive pandemic influenza school action plan; and (3) build awareness of the final plan among staff, students, and community.

    Emergency School Closing

    In the case of a pandemic, any decision for an emergency school closing will be made by the Superintendent in consultation with and, if necessary, at the direction of the District’s local health department, emergency management agencies, and Regional Office of Education.

    LEGAL REF.:        105 ILCS 5/10-16.7 and 5/10-20.5.

    Ill. Dept. of Public Health Act (Part 1), 20 ILCS 2305/2(b).

    Ill. Emergency Management Agency Act, 20 ILCS 3305.

    Ill. Educational Labor Relations Act, 115 ILCS 5/.

    CROSS REF.:         1:20 (District Organization, Operations, and Cooperative Agreements), 2:20 (Powers and Duties of the School Board; Indemnification), 4:170 (Safety), 7:90 (Release During School Hours), 8:100 (Relations with Other Organizations and Agencies)

    ADOPTED:      JUNE 26, 2017