Information for Faculty/Staff
The University of West Georgia’s Pandemic Flu Committee first met three years ago to prepare for the possibility of widespread influenza on campus. Procedures are in place to minimize the risk of infection, care for those who become ill and maintain a safe campus environment in the event of a high number of faculty, staff and students being affected by the seasonal or Type A (H1N1) influenzas this fall.
UWG will continue to coordinate with local and state public health officials as we monitor and respond to any documented cases on campus. Timely updates concerning the UWG campus will be published on this site and interested individuals may also visit http://www.flu.gov/ or http://georgiadisaster.info/ for more general information.
Be a Good Role Model
Practice good hand hygiene and cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing. Remind students to also practice good hand hygiene and encourage them to cover their mouth and nose with a tissue when they cough or sneeze then dispose of it in a waste receptacle.
If You Feel Sick
You are advised to contact your supervisor and report to your personal physician if you are ill, especially if you are experiencing flu-like symptoms which include fever, dry cough and body aches. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have set the criteria for screening for Type A flu if the individual has a fever of 102 degrees or higher. Stay home if you are sick.
If you are pregnant, have asthma, diabetes or other conditions that put you at higher risk for complications from the flu, contact your physician immediately if you develop flu-like symptoms.
Self-IsolationIf students, faculty or staff are diagnosed with Type A influenza, the CDC recommends self-isolation, which means no contact with others until there is no fever present for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications. Self-isolation requires the ill individual to remain isolated and not attend classes or any social functions.
Family Members Who Are Ill
If you have children, you should have a plan for childcare if your child gets sick or his or her school is dismissed.
Students Exhibiting Signs of Illness
Encourage all students who are exhibiting signs of flu or other illness to report to UWG Health Services or their private physician for evaluation. UWG encourages students to go home if at all possible for the duration of their illness to lessen the spread of the disease on campus.
If you notice a major change in class attendance, notify Health Services at 678-839-6452. It is important that we be aware of any concentration of the illness if you feel it appears to spreading through various classes or buildings.
UWG Health Services will provide written confirmation of a diagnosis for students to present to faculty members in order to be excused from classes. If diagnosed by a private physician, written confirmation should be requested by the student. Students are responsible for work missed according to each individual faculty member’s policy.
According to the UWG Pandemic Influenza Response plan, the Board of Regents may choose to close all institutions simultaneously or provide each President with the authority to do so as his/her campus becomes affected. If the authority is given to the President, the decision to suspend or close will be made based on information received from various entities/individuals including university personnel with expertise in the field, county, state and national authorities, and other advisories gathered during the pandemic.
More details shall be provided to staff and faculty in the event of a closing.