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More Flu Measures

The administration are people too. I just want to start off saying that. However, in this case, I just don’t get it. The more I think about it, the less I get it.

Here is the plan our administration came up with. Faculty will report class absences for every Tuesday and Wednesday course. Absence reports are due online by Friday. I guess the goal here is to try to monitor the health of the student population and see if we have a flu outbreak or something. Here are the first problems I thought of:

  • Won’t there be some type of attendance noise anyway? Maybe attendance goes up and down because of tests and football games and stuff like that. We have not been taking attendance, so we have no idea what this looks like. (actually we take attendance, but we don’t really report it)
  • We will just report how many students are absent. It would be much more useful to know WHICH students are absent. What if Billy comes to my class but skips someone else’s? I guess this will all kind of fall into noise, but still.
  • The report is due Friday. If you want to make a quick decision, isn’t this 2 day delay a big deal?

I think it would be better if students reported themselves online as having flu-like symptoms. Wouldn’t that be easier?

Then I thought of something else. What are the administration going to do if there is a flu outbreak? Cancel class to prevent spreading? I think if they do that, it would have to be like for 2 weeks or something. You can’t just cancel 2 weeks of class. I mean, we only missed 1 week of class for hurricane Katrina. Two weeks is a pretty big deal.

The time delay thing is still bothering me. This combined with the only action being extremely severe makes me think that if the administration were driving a car, they would come up with this plan:

Ok. If we see the airbag go off, we will know we need to hit the brakes.

If it gets so bad that we have to do something, it will be obvious (to me). Maybe this attendance plan is just something to do to make it look like they are doing something. Just like TSA makes you take off your shoes before getting on an airplane.

I guess I should stop blogging and get those absences reported online. Although…I do have until Friday night to do it.

Comments

  1. #1 Nick
    September 16, 2009

    Isn’t this all just overkill in the first place? From what I’ve heard, swine flu has a pretty standard lethality compared to most annual flu viruses.

  2. #2 Rhett
    September 16, 2009

    @Nick,

    From my understanding, (at least here) there are two flus going around. The H1N1 and some other one. I don’t think the university is too much worried about the lethality of the flu, just trying not to let it spread (or what to do if many people are sick).

  3. #3 Chad
    September 16, 2009

    We talked about this in my econ 102 class this morning too. I wasn’t really paying attention but she pretty much just said the administration didn’t really have any reason for doing it, and the way they were going about it was pretty pointless anyway.

    And from what a few relatives who work at the hospital said, around here they aren’t even bothering to test for H1N1 since the results take like 2 months to get back, they are just calling any type(class?) A flu H1N1, even though there are like 5 different type(class?) A strain.

  4. #4 Uncle Al
    September 17, 2009

    The proper solution is a retroactive 4% surcharge of credit-hour fees to reimburse university wellness monitoring incremental expenditures. Every incoming freshperson will have an RFID implant (nominal fee) and fill out (RFID as password) a Diurnal University Matriculant Petition to track all parameters of undergraduate status and interaction for Six Sigma university administration. Scofflaws who do not engage a good DUMP will have earned grade-points irreversibly decremented on an increasing scale.

    http://www.mazepath.com/uncleal/homesec.jpg
    Freedom is compliance.

  5. #5 CT
    October 5, 2009

    <p>The proper solution is a retroactive 4% surcharge of credit-hour fees to reimburse university wellness monitoring incremental expenditures. Every incoming freshperson will have an RFID implant (nominal fee) and fill out (RFID as password) a Diurnal University Matriculant Petition to track all parameters of undergraduate status and interaction for Six Sigma university administration. Scofflaws who do not engage a good DUMP will have earned grade-points irreversibly decremented on an increasing scale.</p>

    <p>http://www.mazepath.com/uncleal/homesec.jpg
    Freedom is compliance.</p>