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Coronavirus District Update - March 6, 2020
March 6, 2020
Humble ISD understands that each family has unique concerns, due to health or other circumstances, about Coronavirus COVID-19. Our schools have precautionary measures in place to assist public health officials in their goal of containment. We want you to know that Humble ISD will support parents in making the best decisions for their families. More specifically, schools will work with individual families in the best interest of each child.
We think it is important to reiterate that at this time there are no cases reported in Humble ISD. However, this is a rapidly evolving situation and we are constantly monitoring the information coming from health officials and experts.
Humble ISD will continue to follow the recommendations of the Harris County Public Health Department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Please note the following new measures put in place:
- Parents must report to the school if their child travels to or through countries with a Level 3 Travel Health Notice. As of March 6, those countries were China, Iran, South Korea and Italy. The list is subject to change and may be found at https://www.cdc.gov/coronairus
/2019-ncov/travelers/after- travel-precuations.html. During Spring Break, parents should report travel to an identified country by emailing HealthServices@humbleisd.net. After Spring Break, parents should report travel to an identified country to their school nurse.
- All Humble ISD employees are required to report travel to or through identified countries. The health of students and staff who travel will be monitored in accordance with public health guidelines before they are permitted to be at school.
- All new students will be screened by campus nurses, until further notice, before attending classes at an Humble ISD school.
- The District will not count absences that occur from March 16-27 for perfect attendance awards and exam exemptions. We will pause these two programs for the two weeks after Spring Break while we monitor information related to Coronavirus COVID-19.
- Every school and school bus will undergo deep cleaning and disinfection, including the use of fogging machines, during Spring Break. Deep cleaning and disinfection will continue when students return after Spring Break.
- Families with extenuating circumstances should contact their campus principal. We are committed to doing what we can to support the unique needs of students.
On-going measures include:
- All nurses are being provided with updates on a regular basis and have received guidance on screening and evaluation protocols. Nurses will keep a close watch on any student who comes to the clinic with fever or flu-like symptoms. If a student has a fever of 100 degrees or more, parents will be called to pick up their child.
- Humble ISD staff will continue to educate our 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 sick; and other measures to help prevent the spread of communicable diseases.
- Humble ISD Custodial Services are routinely cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces with H2Orange2 cleaner which is effective against multiple disease-causing viruses and bacteria. In addition, extra hand sanitizer will be delivered to all Humble ISD campuses.
It is important to note that we are in the midst of our regular cold and flu season, so it is important for our community to take preventative measures to safeguard against the spread of communicable diseases. Local and federal health authorities indicate that the best ways to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus are the same recommendations for preventing the spread of the Flu virus.
Parents/Guardians can help by:
- Keeping children home who are sick. If your child has a fever of 100 degrees or more, he or she should stay home from school until fever-free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medications.
- Reinforcing frequent hand washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
- Reinforcing covering a sneeze or cough with a tissue or one’s sleeve (not your hands).
More information on the Coronavirus can be found on the district Health Services website and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.