Dallas ISD is closely monitoring the news reports about the coronavirus infections. There are no cases confirmed in Texas to date, and there are no suspected cases among Dallas ISD student and employee communities. Health officials assure Dallas ISD that the immediate risk to the district’s population is low at this time.
However, public health officials are advising that the flu and other common respiratory illnesses are circulating and recommending that everyone follow basic prevention guidelines, including:
- Everyone 6 months and older is encouraged to get a flu shot.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick. Keeping a sick child at home prevents the spread of illness in the school community and allows the child an opportunity to rest and recover.
- Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
Throughout the school year, and in the winter months especially, the Dallas ISD Health Services Department works closely with school nurses to monitor illnesses, such as the flu. The district also works with its custodial teams to ensure campuses receive thorough cleanings during flu season.