STISD taking proactive measures regarding Coronavirus

STISD taking proactive measures against Coronavirus
Posted on 03/03/2020
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STISD is taking the threat of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) seriously, and administration and nursing staff members are closely monitoring information and guidance to stay up-to-date on the latest information.

STISD will continue to follow developments and communicate updates until the threat of the virus has passed.

At this time, there are no confirmed or suspected cases in STISD schools or the three counties served by the district.

We are following the direction and expertise of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Texas Department of Health and Human Services to help protect our students and surrounding communities against the transmission of communicable diseases.

The following are some of the measures STISD is taking, and will continue to take, to ensure a safe environment for all students and staff:

  • Educating students, staff, and community members about:
    - the importance of frequent hand washing;
    - covering a cough or sneeze;
    - not touching one’s eyes, nose, and mouth;
    - staying home when ill; and
    - other measures to prevent the spread of all communicable disease;
  • Routinely disinfecting campuses – including classrooms, cafeterias and common areas - and buses with a cleaner that is effective against multiple disease-causing viruses and bacteria;
  • Monitoring students for symptoms and referring students to the school nurse for assessment as appropriate; and
  • School nurses excluding students from school attendance according to Department of State Health Services and Guidelines and working with Cameron, Hidalgo and Willacy Public Health for any suspected case of a "Reportable Condition."

Parents/guardians can help keep their children, our schools, and community healthy by:

  • Observing their child for signs of infection which may include coughing, colds, fever, itching on the skin and scalp and unusual rashes;
  • Reinforcing the importance of good hand hygiene;
  • Adopting healthy practices, such as disposing of used tissues, coughing into a sleeve rather than into a hand, and not touching one’s eyes, nose, and mouth;
  • Keeping children home until free of fever for 24 hours (without the aid of fever-reducing medication);
  • Keeping children home until diarrhea free for 24 hours (without the aid of anti-diarrheal medication); and
  • Receiving the flu vaccine
  • Carefully consider potential exposure when traveling.

Below are resources from the CDC and other entities, which provide information regarding COVID-19 and preventative measures that can be taken.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

 CDC Information on Prevention & Treatment of Coronavirus - https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/prevention-treatment.html

American Academy of Pediatrics Information on 2019 Novel Coronavirus - https://www.healthychildren.org/English/health-issues/conditions/chest-lungs/Pages/2019-Novel-Coronavirus.aspx

Germ Prevention Strategies from American Academy of Pediatrics - https://www.healthychildren.org/English/health-issues/conditions/prevention/Pages/Germ-Prevention-Strategies.aspx