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Decision Points and Prevention or Response Options: Specific preparation and response cannot be known in advance but generic expectations can identify action thresholds. University leaders will necessarily engage situations based upon the available information. The following indicators and actions roughly conform to the samples below:

  1. An infectious disease with potentially lethal results or threatens disabling symptoms is present in the Western Hemisphere or its arrival is considered imminent.
  • The Policy Group will convene with the benefit of infectious/contagious disease expertise and will decide the proper response actions to include:
  • Assessing the danger of the disease affecting the University community and the potential timing of such a danger.
  • Publicizing educational information to maximize prevention of infection and transmission of the disease.
  • Organizing or facilitating immunization for the University community.
  • Recommending that members of the University community avoid travel to areas where the disease is known to exist.
  • Establishing assessment and, if necessary, isolation procedures for members of the University community who have traveled to areas where the disease already exists.
  • Decide if hepa-filters for ventilation systems will help prevent the likelihood of transmission of disease on campus.
  • Recommend supplies necessary for University community members to self-quarantine at home.

 

  1. An infectious disease with potentially lethal results or that could include disabling symptoms is in the United States and its arrival in the Pacific Northwest is considered imminent.
  • The Leadership Group will convene with the benefit of infectious/contagious disease expertise and will decide the proper response actions to include:
  • Required immunization for the University community if available.
  • Decide if immunization can be offered to University community family members. If possible, offer it.
  • Decide the methods and locations necessary to identify and isolate members of the University community who are either infected with or exposed to the disease.
  • Identify, prepare and pre-position stocks to support quarantine housing if it is intended for students.
  • If useful, direct the installation of hepa-filters in ventilation systems.
  • Train support personnel for isolated housing if it is intended.
  • Provide details for University community members to self-isolation effectively at home.
  • Identify parameters for suspending on-campus classes and conducting classes using the internet to complete semester requirements.
  • Put processes in motion to support online classes.

 

  1. An infectious disease with potentially lethal results or that could include disabling symptoms is actively spreading throughout the State of Alaska.
  • The Policy Group will convene with the benefit of infectious/contagious disease expertise and will decide the proper response actions to include:Evaluate effectiveness of recommending isolation. 
  • Evaluate length of isolation and interruption of classes for specific populations. 
  • Evaluate feasibility of alternative methods to fulfill semester’s requirements. 
  • Evaluate needs and availability of support services for students in the Housing system. 
  • Recommend suspension of classes based on specific criteria of Public Health threat. 
  • Develop criteria to approve return to normal operations.
 
 

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