The Maricopa Emergency Management System (MEMS) team is actively following a number of issues. Here you will find updates on these topics of heightened awareness
A1a) Adjunct faculty and temporary employees—who do not accrue sick time—should contact their immediate supervisor to discuss their options.
A1b) Employees who do accrue sick time will follow existing procedures. For extended absences and absences that qualify under Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), employees should follow procedures outlined in the Compensation Department at http://www.maricopa.edu/hrweb/benefits/leaves_of_absence.htm, or by calling the Leave of Absence Hotline at (480) 731-8448. These provisions for employees were contained in a memo emailed to all employees on Oct. 1, 2009. For more information, see the message in its entirety at http://www.maricopa.edu/hrweb/benefits/short_term_comp_lve.htm.
A2) Students who exhibit flu-like symptoms, whether it’s been confirmed H1N1 or not, should be encouraged to stay home until they are well. The course attendance policies for ill students should continue to be followed.
A3) More information on student medical insurance options is available by visiting the Risk Management department’s web pages at http://www.maricopa.edu/legal/rmi/.
A4) Student names—or employee names, for that matter—are not part of the data collection. We purposely do not ask for names to make sure we honor all privacy laws. Information to be collected is contained in the Response Procedures Checklist, located on the district web site at http://www.maricopa.edu/mems/H1N1%20Response%20Procedures%20Checklist.pdf.
A5) Yes, but only if they have flu-like symptoms.
A6) For the latest information, visit the Centers for Disease Control at http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/qa.htm, or the Maricopa County Department of Health at http://www.maricopa.gov/public_health/hottopics/h1n1flu/.
A7) The Maricopa County Health Department and the Centers for Disease Control are two of the best resources, and recommendations from both organizations are followed closely by the Maricopa Community Colleges’ MEMS (Maricopa Emergency Management System) team in its preparations for swine flu. The CDC’s extensive Q&A document is located on their web site at this location: http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/qa.htm.
A complete list of H1N1 resources provided by the Maricopa County Department of Public Health is available here: http://www.maricopa.gov/public_health/hottopics/h1n1flu/
The MEMS team is working with District PIO’s and Wellness Coordinators to distribute factual and consistent information on prevention.