CDC Releases Zika Guidance for Schools

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) just released Zika Virus Response Planning: Interim Guidance for District and School Administrators in the Continental United States and Hawaii, an interim guidance document outlining public health actions pertaining to Zika virus infection for kindergarten through grade 12 (K–12) district and school administrators.

The guidance is intended to address concerns about the risk for Zika virus infection in K–12 schools in the continental United States and Hawaii; provide school districts with information for planning school-related activities; and recommend actions that can be taken, in consultation with local public health authorities and government officials, to reduce the potential risk for Zika virus transmission on school premises and among students. The document:

  • provides an overview of the potential roles and responsibilities of public health authorities and school officials,
  • describes prevention measures that schools can take to reduce mosquito exposure, and
  • provides information on responding to a case of travel-associated Zika virus infection or confirmed local mosquito-borne transmission of Zika virus (See Key Points).

This guidance will be updated as needed when new information becomes available. If you have any questions or concerns, please email preparedness@naccho.org.

About Kim Rodgers

Kim Rodgers serves as a Communications Specialist at NACCHO. Her work includes promoting local health departments' best practices, as well as partner tools and resources, in infectious disease and preparedness through NACCHO's communications channels, storytelling, and outreach to various audiences.

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