|To:||The Rensselaer Community|
|From:||Curtis N. Powell, Vice President for Human Resources|
|Date:||January 19, 2010|
|Re:||Continued Suspension of Attendance Reporting Tool|
As you were previously informed, the daily use of the Attendance Reporting Tool was designed to assist the Rensselaer community with determining the nature and scope of the spread of the H1N1 virus. The prior temporary suspension coincided with the interregnum when the majority of students and faculty, along with many staff, were absent due to the winter break and the holiday season.
Since the use of the Attendance Reporting Tool was suspended on December 23, 2009, Rensselaer has not seen any H1N1 cases, and the State of New York has seen a dramatic decrease of instances of H1N1 cases. As a result, we will continue the suspension of the Attendance Reporting Tool at this time.
The Institute's Student Health Services will continue to vigorously monitor the instances of H1N1 cases among our students (one of the high-risk groups) along with information from the New York State Department of Health regarding the H1N1 virus cases among the general population. If information from the State and the Institute's Student Health Services Office indicates a significant rise in H1N1 cases in the future, the Institute will resume use of the Attendance Reporting Tool to assist Rensselaer's leadership with tracking the spread of illness and with the assessment of our capacity to continue teaching and work schedules during the spring 2010 semester.
Thank you for your continued cooperation with our efforts as we continue to be proactive in order to minimize the impact of the flu viruses on the Rensselaer community.