Addressing Ebola Virus Concerns, No KISD Cases
Keller ISD does not have any reported, confirmed, or even suspected cases of students and employees who have been exposed to the Ebola virus. However, we recognize that concerns exist in the wake of media coverage of those cases that have occurred in Dallas, and we want to take the opportunity to remind all parents that student and staff safety is our top priority.
The District is in frequent communication with and is receiving regular updates from the Tarrant County Public Health Department, and KISD is in regular contact with neighboring school districts. Keller ISD’s Health Services Department continues to educate school nurses on symptoms to look for which include fever over 100.4°F, severe headache, joint and muscle pain, weakness, diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pain, and sometimes hemorrhaging.
Anytime a student meets the requirements of exclusion due to any type of illness, they are immediately sent home. Students with a fever should never return to school until they have been fever-free for more than 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications.
The District also has a screening protocol in place for new students enrolling in Keller ISD for the first time as well as employees who are traveling to countries identified as high-risk by the Center for Disease Control (CDC).
Keller ISD remains diligent in fighting the spread of all germs or viruses. Nurses educate students about proper hand washing and covering their coughs, while custodial crews are stepping up efforts to clean classrooms and common areas with hospital quality disinfectants on a nightly basis and more regularly as needed.
Should circumstances in our community change, our processes may adjust accordingly and additional communication will be shared. For now we continue to monitor student and employee health closely and work to avoid the spread of all illnesses.
We encourage families to continue to stay educated on the Ebola virus and its symptoms, and contact your health care provider with any concerns. For additional information on Ebola and other current health issues, please visit the following resources:
UPDATE (10/20): The Commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services released a letter to Texas school districts indicating there is no reason for schools to close, cancel classes, or cancel extracurricular activities due to risk of Ebola. Click here to read the complete letter.