Pandemic influenza | Stark State College | North Canton, Ohio

Pandemic influenza

Stark State College plans to actively monitor and keep you informed on how we can maintain a healthy campus. We need assistance from all students, faculty and staff with this effort. Members of the SSC Disaster Response Team will remain in communication with local health departments and monitor the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) site for updates as well as monitor illnesses on campus. Any updated information will be placed on this site and communicated via the college e-mail system and on mystarkstate.

The best tools we can provide to you are educational resources on flu prevention measures and what to do if you are sick.

When to stay home

If you are experiencing the below flu-like symptoms as described in the link by the CDC, please stay at home:

How to report illness due to influenza


If you are sick with flu-like symptoms please stay at home and report your absence to your instructor(s) as indicated on the course syllabus. Please note that if you have not reported your flu-related absence, you will be subject to the assignment policy indicated in the syllabus.

Student Responsibilities:

  • Report your absence due to flu-like symptoms to the instructor(s)
  • Keep up with all assignments and learning activities
  • Complete missed work upon return to class at the direction of the instructor(s)
  • Keep a copy of your syllabus and other critical course materials, especially the contact information for the instructor(s).


Please refer to the H1N1 Response Guide for reporting.

Flu prevention tips

Set a daily schedule to sanitize your work station: Remember to wipe down frequently touched surfaces such as doorknobs, desks, tables, phones, keyboards, remote controls in the classroom, etc.

Practice good hand hygiene and cough etiquette: Wash your hands often with soap and water. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective. Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.

Know the symptoms of the flu: Fever (equal to or greater than 100 degrees Fahrenheit or 38 degrees Celsius when taken with a thermometer) or chills and cough or sore throat. In addition, symptoms of flu can include runny nose, body aches, headache, tiredness, diarrhea, or vomiting.

Stay home if you are sick: Students and employees should stay at home and away from other people until at least 24 hours after they no longer have a fever or signs of a fever without the use of fever-reducing medications (any medicine that contains ibuprofen or acetaminophen).

Get vaccinated: Get your seasonal flu vaccination along with the H1N1 vaccine when it becomes available.

Additional resources

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