This was sent to me via the ADA...... The Centers for Disease Control recently released guidelines statingm that it is projecting that a large proportion of school children willbecome infected with some version of H1N1 sometime in the next year, andthat children with chronic illnesses such as diabetes are especially atrisk for complications. Specifically, the CDC is recommending thatstudents with diabetes stay home if H1N1 is circulating at their school.In preparation for the anticipated outbreak of H1N1 in schools thisfall/winter and in response to the recommendations included in theCenter for Disease Control's Technical Report on this issue, ADA's LegalAdvocacy division has developed language for inclusion in the student'sSection 504 Plan, IEP, or other written accommodation plan to ensurethat the student will not be penalized for absences if theparent/guardian and student's health care provider determine the need for keeping the student home from school due to an outbreak. CDC's statement (http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/schools/technicalreport.htm#distance)provides as follows: "Schools should prepare for discussions with parents about school safetyand should consult with school boards and legal counsel about policyaccommodations that might be necessary to allow students and staff athigh risk for influenza complications to stay home. Local and state lawsand policies also might need to be reviewed for applicability. Policiesto be reviewed may be official or unofficial, such as school principalsawards for students with perfect attendance. Schools should plan now forways to continue educating students who stay home through methods suchas instructional telephone calls, homework packets, internet-basedlessons, and other distance-based learning approaches." Guidelines from the Centers for Disease Controlhttp://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/schools/schoolguidance.htm Early treatment of high-risk students and staff: People at high risk for influenza complications who become ill withinfluenza-like illness should speak with their health care provider assoon as possible. Early treatment with antiviral medications is veryimportant for people at high risk because it can preventhospitalizations and deaths. People at high risk include those who arepregnant, have asthma or diabetes , have compromised immune systems, orhave neuromuscular diseases. High-risk students and staff members stay home: People at high-risk of flu complications should talk to their doctorabout staying home from school when a lot of flu is circulating in thecommunity. Schools should plan now for ways to continue educatingstudents who stay home through instructional phone calls, homeworkpackets, internet lessons, and other approaches. Consideration of selective school dismissal: Although there are not many schools where all or most students are athigh risk (for example, schools for medically fragile children or forpregnant students) a community might decide to dismiss such a school tobetter protect these high-risk students. Suggested language for inclusion in students Section 504 Plan, IEP orother written accommodation plan: The school nurse or school administrator shall notify the parent ifstudents and/or school staff have been diagnosed with the flu (oranother contagious illness that presents a high risk of complicationsfor children with diabetes) so that the parent and the child's healthcare provider can determine whether the student should stay home fromschool in order to avoid exposure. Upon request by the school, parentshall provide documentation from the child's health care provideradvising the student to stay home. The student shall not be penalizedfor related absences and shall have access to the same alternativeeducation services as would be provided to any other student who ismedically required to remain home under similar circumstances.