This fall, school nutrition programs are doing more than preparing for the return of students. They are making sure that their programs are able to continue to serve children in the event of school closings due to H1N1 (swine) flu.
With classes back in session, H1N1 influenza is beginning to spread through out the country. Experts are urging school districts to be prepared for school closures. The federal government is urging local communities to make the decision on when to close a school due to H1N1 flu and in some areas, schools have been closed due to high numbers of students absent with flu like symptons.
SNA is working with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Department of Education on this issue. SNA is also working with USDA to educate school nutrition professionals on updated preparedness recommendations to continue meal service in the event of H1N1 flu related school closures. Listed below are resources and tools from the USDA that are designed to guide school nutrition programs facing an H1N1 flu outbreak. This website will be updated as new information becomes available.
School Closings for H1N1 Outbreaks: Questions & Answers 2nd Edition - USDA Policy Memo - September 22, 2009 - New!
Meeting Food Needs During a Pandemic Flu Outbreak - USDA Brochure - New!
Prototype Waiver Request for School Dismissal Due to H1N1 Outbreak - New!
Sample Addendum to State Agency - School Food Authority / Community Organization Agreement - New!
SNF / USDA Webinar Special Webinar - Providing Meals to Needy Children During an H1N1 Related School Dismissal - August 25, 2009
Responding to School Closings for H1N1 Outbreaks - USDA Policy Memo - July 23, 2009 - This memorandum outlines how school and community organizations may continue to provide reimbursable meals to low-income children during school closures related to the H1N1 influenza virus. Meals served during these closures may be claimed either through the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) or the National School Lunch Program's Seamless Summer Option (SSO).
School Closings for H1N1 Outbreaks: Questions & Answers - USDA Policy Memo - July 31, 2009 - This memorandum provides questions and answers on operational information.
Joint Department of Agriculture - Department of Education Letter to School Nutrition Programs
Using USDA Food During an H1N1 Flu Outbreak: Options for Schools and Communities - Information on using USDA Food (commodities) during school closures due to an H1N1 outbreak.
USDA Food and Nutrition Service Pandemic Flu Preparedness Page
Other H1N1 Resources
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention H1N1 Flu Page
USDA H1N1 Flu Page