As we continue to hear the recent news about Ebola — a third case in Texas and the continuation of the outbreak in West Africa — we all are becoming increasingly concerned. And, as the situation continues to unfold, educators have many questions about their own safety and that of their students. The CDC and other groups have produced some excellent resources that help explain how the disease is spread, what the symptoms are, and the steps educators should take in the event of a suspected case in their schools.
The NEA Health Information Network (HIN) has gathered the following resources from healthcare officials to ensure that educators are well-informed about Ebola:
- Ebola facts from the CDC: Provides the latest information on the progress to stem the outbreak in West Africa, clinical guidance, and recommendations for personal protective practices.
- The American Federation of Teachers (AFT) has prepared a two page document on preparing for Ebola in schools.
- The New York City Department of Health has created guidance for daycares and schools: receiving students and staff from areas affected by Ebola.
- How to discuss Ebola with your children from the American Academy of Pediatrics.
- Safety and Health Information on Ebola from OSHA.
- Ebola and Fear — a blog post by NEA HIN Executive Director, Jim Bender.
Fortunately, the risk of Ebola infection in the U.S. is still low. As the go-to source for NEA members about health and safety issues, NEA HIN will continue to monitor the situation and provide timely updates as well as relevant information for educators.