Dear Seminole State Family,
Flu season is starting, and we are working closely with the Seminole County Health Department to monitor flu conditions. We will keep you informed about the steps we are taking to prepare and manage the impact of a busy flu season.
Here is some information about Seminole State's procedures and practices as well as guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC):
- Stay home if you are sick. The CDC is recommending, and we are asking that you plan to stay home if you are sick until at least 24 hours after you no longer have a fever (100 degrees Fahrenheit or 38 degrees Celsius) or signs of a fever (have chills, feel very warm, have a flushed appearance, or are sweating). This should be determined without the use of fever-reducing medicines (any medicine that contains ibuprofen or acetaminophen).
- Report your absence. Notify your supervisor if you are going to be absent. We recommend that you call and speak with your supervisor to update him or her on the status of your work. Absences should be reported before the College opens on the day you are absent.
- Review the sick leave procedure. Full-time employees may use their accrued sick leave when they are absent due to their own illness or the illness of a qualified member of their household.
- Complete a Leave of Absence form. Leave of Absence forms should be submitted in advance when possible or upon returning to work.
- Plan ahead. Make plans now for how you will care for sick household members or for children if schools or child care centers are closed. Please remember that you may not bring children or other family members (healthy or sick) to work.
- Cover your cough. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If you don't have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your elbow or shoulder, not into your hands. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth; germs are spread this way.
- Consider getting a flu shot. Talk with your healthcare provider about whether you should be vaccinated. For more information about priority groups for vaccination, visit the CDC's website.
Learn about the flu and what you can do. To find out more about preparing for the flu, go to www.flu.gov or call 800.CDC.INFO (800.232.4636). For Seminole State information, please visit the H1N1 information page.
Director, Human Resources