Additional School Preparedness Resources

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Government - PA Specific

A Guide to Infectious Diseases for Schools
Developed by the Allegheny County Health Department, this document “provides information on incubation period and symptoms, method of spread and minimum control measures for selected diseases and conditions which are of public health importance.”

Maps of Pennsylvania School Districts and Intermediate Units


Joint Guidance on the Application of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) to Student Records
Guidance from the US Departments of Education and Health and Human Services on the relationship between FERPA and HIPAA and what it means for schools.  Also has FAQs.

Safe Schools & FERPA
US Department of Education website about FERPA guidance on emergency management for schools.  Various resources including brochures and model disclosure forms.

National MRSA Education Initiative: Preventing MRSA Skin Infections

Developed by the CDC, the goal of the initiative is to help people better recognize and prevent MRSA skin infections.  Free materials to download include fact sheets for schools and athletes and consumer educational materials.

Legal Preparedness for School Closures in Response to Pandemic Influenza and Other Emergencies

This report presents a summary description and authors' analyses of express state laws concerning school closure.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Cover Your Cough poster

Printable form of poster in several languages for health care settings and community & public settings like schools & child care facilities

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Evaluating Patients for Smallpox poster

This poster provides information on evaluation protocol, risk evaluation, comparison of chickenpox (varicella) and smallpox, and comparison of common conditions.

Contra Costa Health Services Pandemic Flu School Action Kit

Includes school action steps, sample letters to parents, and sample media materials in addition to other resources

Iowa Department of Public Health, Pandemic Influenza Planning Guide for Iowa Schools

To assist schools in developing their own pandemic influenza plans, note p.7 for social distancing guidelines to reduce the spread of an infectious disease

List of Emergency Planning resources

U.S. Department of Education - Emergency Planning Resources

Balancing Student Privacy and School Safety: A Guide to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act for Elementary and Secondary Schools

U.S. Department of Education - School officials are regularly asked to balance the interests of safety and privacy for individual students.  Understanding the law empowers school officials to act decisively and quickly when issues arise.

Protecting Children from the Flu

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Information for Parents, Schools, and Childcare Providers

Community Measures Prevent Deaths During Pandemic

CDC press release emphasizing the importance of timely closing schools during a pandemic.


American Academy of Pediatrics, Children and Disasters

"The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is an organization of more than 60,000 pediatricians committed to the attainment of optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults."  They have been involved in disaster preparedness for many years and have resources devoted specifically to schools including policy statements.

School Network for Absenteeism Prevention

Healthy Schools, Healthy People - It's a SNAP is a grassroots, education-based effort to improve health by making hand cleaning an integral part of the school day.”  Download a free toolkit to introduce hand cleaning activities into your school.  Established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and The Soap and Detergent Association.

American Association of Poison Control Centers

The American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC), founded in 1958, is a not-for-profit nationwide organization of poison centers and others interested in the prevention and treatment of poisoning. Poison centers provide immediate treatment advice for poison emergencies. They also provide information about poisons and poison prevention, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Childhood Influenza Immunization Coalition

"Established by the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) to protect infants, children and adolescents from influenza.”  Many free resources available as downloads including practice resources such as a guide for speaking with parents, fact sheets, and posters.  There is also an expert video from the National Association of School Nurses.

Nurse Associations

Pennsylvania State Nurses Association

The PA State Nurses Association, a professional organization, advances the identity, integrity and continuity of the nursing profession by: Providing access to education, improving knowledge and skills; Advocating and supporting the nursing profession with Commonwealth policymakers, legislators and regulators; and Offering valued information and services for professional practice.

Pennsylvania Association of School Nurses and Practitioners (PASNAP)

The mission of the Pennsylvania Association of School Nurses and Practitioners is to provide the structure and leadership necessary to promote unity among all school nurses, to advance the practice of school health and health education, and to provide leadership in the delivery of quality health programs to the school community.

National Association of School Nurses (NASN)

NASN offers its members online resources designed to educate school communities about the dangers of meningococcal disease, help school nurses plan and conduct school-based immunization clinics and respond to media inquiries about meningococcal disease and prevention.

Model School Response Plans and Web sites

Fairfax County, VA Public Schools Crisis Management Workbook

.pdf of the Model school emergency response plan.

Fairfax County, VA Public Schools Emergency Web page

Model school preparedness web page.

Marin County Schools Emergency Preparedness Services

The Marin County Office of Education (MCOE) has been working closely with Marin's public and private schools to support emergency preparedness. This web site is part of the effort to provide an effective plan and resources to improve emergency response procedures in all local schools. Note: Standardized Emergency Management System (SEMS) is another term, specific to this organization and their partners, for the National Incident Management System (NIMS).


Pediatric Terrorism and Disaster Preparedness: A Resource for Pediatricians

Increases awareness about the unique needs of children and encourages collaboration among pediatricians, state and local emergency response planners, health care systems, and others involved in planning and response efforts for natural disasters and terrorism incidents. Released by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), in partnership with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

Lists School Preparedness publications over the last year