University administrators charged with emergency preparedness and responding to health issues are monitoring the situation and developing precautionary measures to address this health issue. We have established a university-wide team to manage communications and ensure that the university is fully prepared to act rapidly as conditions evolve. The university's medical and environmental health staff and security has been in communication with public health officials, and continues to respond to direction provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The university has taken a range of steps to encourage all members of the community to be vigilant in practicing good hygiene. The New School is disseminating information about reducing the spread of germs in residential facilities and other communal spaces on campus.
Students experiencing flu-like symptoms or who were exposed to someone who has told them they have the flu have been asked to maintain their distance from other individuals and call Student Health Services at 212.229.1671 option 2. Students diagnosed with flu or flu-like illness are instructed to self-isolate in their dorm room (i.e. stay away from others and eat meals in their room) until they have been free of fever for 24 hours without fever reducing medication. Students who live within driving distance of the university may be asked to return home to self-isolate. The guideline is to remain isolated during illness and for at least 24 hours after the ill person's fever is gone, except to get medical care (fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine).
The New School is asking faculty and staff experiencing flu-like symptoms or who were exposed to someone who has told them they have the flu to contact their personal physicians. Faculty and staff who do not have a personal physician and who would like a list of physicians in the New York City area should call Human Resources at 212. 229.5671 x4942. Faculty and staffs experiencing flu-like symptoms should stay home from work during illness and for at least 24 hours after the fever is gone, except to get medical care (fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine).
As this public health situation evolves, all campus community members should be aware that flu guidelines may change, depending upon the nature of the H1N1 virus and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to manage and prevent the spread of flu.
There is no immediate impact on the university community, operations, or activities.
Faculty and staff are expected to report to work as usual. They should continue to practice good hygiene at all times and those experiencing flu-like symptoms should contact their personal physicians. Faculty and staff experiencing flu-like symptoms, such as fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose or vomiting, should stay home from work during illness and for at least 24 hours after their fever is gone (fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine).
At this time there is no immediate impact on the university, operations, or activities. The university has no plans to limit visitors to campus or to disrupt planned activities, but will continue to recommend that individuals planning trips heed information provided by health authorities as they consider traveling, and to consult a physician before traveling if they have flu-like symptoms.
The New School understands the concerns about this public health issue and is committed to keeping members of the community informed.
The university has and will continue to update students, faculty, and staff about this public health issue through emails to the campus community and continuous updates on the University's H1N1 flu website.
Depending upon the situation, the university also may post announcements on the university homepage at www.newschool.edu and/or send alerts via phone, email and text message through the university's emergency alert system.