Luckily, in my state most public schools
are on spring break this week, so the situation has time to play out and we can develop a plan of how to deal with it.
Our School Health Department has daily advisories. We always exclude any kid with fever for 24hrs after resolution--though parents don't really comply with it (I get kids in all the time with "I had a fever this morning and mom gave me Tylenol . . ."). I do want to send out a stern email before we go back stating this must be enforced.
Health Department has recommended daily temp checks of any children who have been in areas where there are confirmed cases over break--again, we'll be dependent on self identification. They have already prepared a letter for parents about swine flu--two dense pages long, and I worry most of our parents will barely read it and assume "OMG, it's in the schools!"
I have a couple of real PIA teachers who always think half their kids have scabies, or lice, or whatever, and can be, shall we say, very persistent in repeatedly sending the same kids for eval, telling me I don't know what I'm talking about, the kid "obviously" has the disease du jour, etc. Before we head back, I want to clarify all exclusion criteria with my principal, so I can just send the PIA teachers straight to him, if (really, when--cause I KNOW it will happen) they challenge my evals.
So, I'm prepping myself that going back will be miserable, hopefully I'm wrong. I anticipate that a few individuals --parents as well as teachers-- will make the first week back entertaining.
Good luck to all!