Public health officials are advising that the flu and other common respiratory illnesses are circulating and recommending that everyone follow basic prevention guidelines, including:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, mouth and face with unwashed hands.
- Do not share personal items such as food, drinks or unwashed utensils.
- 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. Please visit our Health Reminders page for WSISD’s health guidelines.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
Here are helpful links to information about the Coronavirus from local, state, national and international health organizations:
As in the past, our schools begin flu surveillance in early September. We will work closely with the Tarrant County Public Health Department and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to monitor flu conditions and make decisions about the best steps to take concerning our schools. Federal agencies are now recommending that schools only close if absenteeism soars. We will notify you of any additional changes to our school’s strategy to prevent the spread of flu by using our website, and our districtwide phone message system. If the flu becomes more severe, we may take additional steps.
For more information, visit www.flu.gov
or call 1-800-CDC-INFO for the most current information about the flu.
We wish to keep our schools open to students and functioning in a normal manner during this flu season, and we need your help to reduce the spread of flu. Here are a few things you can do to help:
- Wash hands often with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub.
- Do not to share personal items like drinks, food or unwashed utensils.
- Cover coughs and sneezes with tissues or use your elbow, arm or sleeve instead of the hand when a tissue is unavailable.
Signs and symptoms of the flu include:
- Fever (100 degrees Fahrenheit, 37.8 degrees Celsius or greater), cough, sore throat, a runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, and feeling very tired. Some people may also vomit or have diarrhea.
When can your child return to school?
- Fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication.
- Any child who is determined to be sick while at school will be sent home.
Use this link to get measles information from the CDC.
Use this link to get meningitis information from the Texas Health and Human Services Department.
Use this link to get vaping information from the Texas Department of State Health Services.
Use this link to get more information about Whooping Cough.
Use this link to get more information about Zika.