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Coronavirus Parent Letter (English)

March 2, 2020

Parents and guardians:

 

The health and safety of our students is a top priority of the Dallas Independent School District. Because of the national attention focused on the Novel Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, we want to update you on the district’s efforts to protect students and staff.

 

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention describe COVID-19 as a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. Symptoms include fever, cough and difficulty breathing. It was first identified during an outbreak in Wuhan, China. Since then, it has spread to other countries. The CDC reports there are currently several cases of the virus in the United States, but there have been no confirmed cases in Dallas County, and the risk to our community is considered low.

 

Dallas ISD Health Services is closely monitoring the progress of the illness and following the advice of the CDC and the Dallas County Public Health Department. School nurses have received direction and guidelines to follow if children or staff report to school with symptoms.

 

In addition, all district cleaning crews have been asked to enhance efforts in all schools and district office buildings and school bus drivers have been asked to clean bus interiors. The district has on call large-scale outside vendors that can deep-clean classrooms or entire schools if necessary.

 

If you or your family members are planning to travel outside the country during the upcoming spring break, experts recommend that you monitor coronavirus conditions at the country of destination and follow tips to stay safe. For travel information and advisories, visit the CDC’s travel page at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html.

 

Meanwhile, parents and students are encouraged to do these things to help prevent the spread of illness at home and on campus:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Wash your hands frequently.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • If you do not have a tissue, use your sleeve (not your hands).
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

The district will share updates with parents as they are available. For more information on the virus, please visit our COVID-19 webpage at www.dallasisd.org/healthupdates.

As always, thank you for your cooperation and support for Dallas ISD.

Respectfully,

Ms. Sigurdson
Principal