The purpose of this operations plan is to promote the health and safety of
students, faculty, staff, family and visitors to the College by reducing the
potential exposure to seasonal influenza or the H1N1 virus while still
maintaining the continuity of College operations.
The College will monitor guidance and recommendations from the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organizations (WHO), as
well as Douglas County Health Department officials. The College will revise
this operations plan as necessary as more information becomes available.
Please refer to the College web site for the latest information and
Prevention of Illness
The College encourages and expects all faculty, staff and students to
adhere to the guidance of the CDC and the College Health Advisory Committee in
order to minimize your risk of becoming ill with seasonal or H1N1 flu. The CDC
recommends four main prevention techniques.
- Practice good hygiene by washing your hands often
with soap and water, especially after coughing or sneezing.
Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective. Frequently clean
commonly used surfaces such as door knobs, refrigerator handles, remote
controls, keyboards, counter tops, faucets and bathroom areas.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or
sneeze. If you do not have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your
elbow or shoulder, not into your hands. Avoid touching your eyes, nose
or mouth; germs are easily spread this way.
- Stay home or at your place of residence if you are sick
for at least 24 hours after you no longer have a fever (100.4
degrees Fahrenheit or 38 degrees Celsius) or signs of a fever (have
chills, feel very warm, have a flushed appearance or are sweating),
except to get medical care. This should be determined without the use
of fever-reducing medications (any medication that contains ibuprofen,
acetaminophen or aspirin). Staying away from others
(self-isolation) while sick, even if you are taking antiviral drugs for
treatment of the flu, can prevent others from getting sick too. Ask a
roommate, friend or family member to check up on you and to bring you
food and supplies if needed.
- Talk to your healthcare provider to find out if
you should be vaccinated for seasonal flu and/or H1N1 flu. People under
age 25 are one of the key groups recommended by the CDC to be among the
first to receive the H 1 N 1 flu vaccine. Individuals who are at high
risk of complications may benefit from early treatment, and recovery
time may be shorter for persons treated promptly with antiviral
medicines upon the onset of symptoms.
If You Become III
Metropolitan Community College faculty, staff and students are required to
NOT report to work or school if they have a fever greater than 100.4 degree
Fahrenheit (38 degree Celsius) combined with one or more of the following
- Sore throat
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Body aches
Faculty, staff and students who exhibit two or more of
these symptoms should take the following actions:
- Notify your supervisor/instructor that you are ill and will not be
able to work/attend classes.
- Notify the College Health Advisory Officer at (402) 738-4789 if you
have a laboratory confirmed case of seasonal flu or HINI flu. This is
solely for the purpose of additional cleaning of potentially exposed
areas of the College.
- Stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to
get medical care (your fever should be gone without the use of
fever-reducing medicine). Isolate yourself to keep from potentially
exposing other people.
- Seek medical advice from your primary care physician or health
Faculty, staff or students who display influenza-like illness symptoms may
be sent horne. Those who display symptoms and refuse to leave after being
asked to do so may be subject to disciplinary action.
Benefits eligible faculty and staff who are ill but do not have enough
accrued sick leave to cover their absence may utilize accrued annual leave,
compensatory time or leave without pay for all work hours missed.
All procedures governing sick leave (see PM VI-l3) and communicable
diseases (see PM VI-25) remain in effect. Faculty and staff are required to
follow normal leave notification procedures and guidelines established by the
Faculty and staff who have specific questions regarding benefits, pay or
leave policies should contact the Human Resources Department for guidance.
List accessed on Sept. 2, 2009
Referenced: University of Nebraska 2009-2010 Flu Season