We are aware of recent news reports regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19). We continue to monitor reports from the Tarrant County Public Health Department, Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Texas Department of State Health Services (TDSHS) and seek guidance from those entities. No cases have been suspected among our WSISD students and staff. In the event that we receive critical information from the CDC or TDSHS that impacts our operations, we will communicate with you immediately. We are also anticipating further guidance from the Texas Education Agency.
At this time, the district will continue to evaluate situations that will effect the school district, and we will make decisions based on the best safety practices. The health of our students and staff is our highest priority.
We will continue the preventive measures and reinforced student messaging for students and staff on our campuses to help maintain the cleanest environment possible. WSISD partners with GermBlast to routinely disinfect all schools and facilities in addition to the daily cleaning by our custodial staff with hospital grade cleaning supplies. Our campuses are being cleaned daily with hospital-grade cleaners and custodians are diligently addressing common-touch areas. We are also closely monitoring levels of soap and hand sanitizers available to our students and staff on campus.
We remind our families that the Coronavirus is believed to be spread through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes, much in the way the flu and other respiratory viruses are spread. You may also acquire the virus by touching contaminated objects or surfaces then touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Symptoms are thought to appear within 2 to 14 days after exposure and consist of fever, cough, and difficulty breathing.
The CDC states that doing the following can reduce your risk of getting sick. These are activities you should always do to reduce risk of getting many illnesses.
- Wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds.
- Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer when you cannot wash your hands.
- Avoid touching your eyes, mouth, and nose with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with others who are sick.
- Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue then throw away immediately after.
- Frequently disinfect all touch surfaces and objects.
- 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.