EBCF – Pandemic/Epidemic Emergencies

The Board recognizes that a pandemic/epidemic is a serious threat that stands to affect students, staff, and the community as a whole.  The Board establishes this policy in the event the town/ municipality and/or school district is affected by a pandemic or epidemic.  At all times the health, safety and welfare of the students shall be the first priority.  The District shall follow the advice and recommendations from the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (“NH DHHS”), the New Hampshire Department of Education, and the United States Public Health Services Centers for Disease Control (“CDC”).

Planning and Coordination

Planning for a pandemic requires a multi-faceted effort, and school preparedness should include input from a team of individuals to address their specific areas of expertise.

The Superintendent shall designate one or more employees to serve as a liaison between the school district and local and State health officials. This designee is responsible for communicating with health officials to identify local hazards, determine what crisis plans exist in the school district and community, and to establish procedures to account for student well-being and safety during such a crisis.  The designee shall work with local health officials to coordinate their pandemic/epidemic plans with that of the school district.  The Board encourages the designee to become a member of the Health Alert Network through the New Hampshire Department of Health & Human Services.

With fiscal concerns in mind, the district may purchase and store supplies necessary for an epidemic/pandemic response, including but not limited to disinfectant products, face masks, water, examination gloves, and other supplies as recommended by the school nurse. The Superintendent may engage with such other local medical professionals as may assist the District in its local response to a health crisis.


In the event anyone within the school is discovered or suspected to have a communicable disease during a pandemic that may result in transmission to other students, faculty, or staff, that person shall be immediately isolated pending further medical examination.  The New Hampshire Communicable Disease Control Section of the Department of Health and Human Services shall be notified immediately.

Infection Control

Any student or staff member found to be infected with a communicable disease that may bear risk of transmission will be excluded from school until that individual’s primary care physician or other medical personnel indicating that the individual does not bear the risk of transmitting the communicable disease provide medical clearance.

Staff members who are forced to miss excessive days of work shall first use any leave entitled to them through the Family and Medical Leave Act and/or accrued sick leave.  If a staff member has still not received medical clearance to resume his/her work duties, absences in excess of a staff member’s allotted leave will not affect the employees right to continued employment.

Continuance of Education

Consistent with State Department of Education, the Superintendent is authorized to develop a plan of alternate means of educating students in the event of prolonged school closings and/or extended absences.  Such a plan may include providing students with assignments via mail, electronic mail communication, digital platform(s), local access cable television, and/or the school district’s website as well as any appropriate combination of on-site and off-site education services, supports, and instruction.

The Superintendent is authorized to amend the traditional class schedule and schedule of days.  Such a plan may include extending the school day, having school days held on Saturdays, the use of previously scheduled vacation days, and/or extend the school year beyond the previously established end of school year.

Category O

Legal References:

Influenza Pandemic Public Health Preparedness & Response Plan, New Hampshire
Department of Health & Human Services, Updated March 2, 2006,

Revised: February 2007
New Policy:  August 2006

First Read: June 21, 2022
Second Read: July 19, 2022
Adopted:  July 19, 2022