Letter to Parents – Coronavirus Information and Prevention
By Steven A. Chapman
Dear HEB ISD Family,
We have all seen the nationwide media coverage on coronavirus (COVID-19). While there are absolutely no confirmed or even suspected cases of the COVID-19 in HEB ISD, we know as parents, staff, and community members, many of you have questions or may be wondering about our school district’s infectious disease protocols.
HEB ISD has been conferring regularly with the Tarrant County Public Health Department (TCPH) and has posted informational posters in our health clinics at each campus, as well as our district website. Our nurses continue to regularly monitor for flu-like symptoms and report their findings to TCPH weekly. Notably, our attendance rates in HEB ISD have been above average this past six weeks with flu cases reported low at this time. Additionally, the HEB ISD Maintenance Department will be working through spring break to disinfect our facilities with an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) disinfectant.
Our clinics are equipped with personal protective supplies (gowns, masks, goggles, gloves) and equipment to monitor student temperatures. Students who are ill and/or running fevers are isolated from others to the extent possible until the student can be picked up by his/her parent or guardian. It is important to have emergency contact information up to date in the event that HEB ISD would need to reach you.
While the risk is currently low in Texas, we want you to know that we are taking precautions to provide a healthy environment for our students. We encourage parents to consult with their own family physician or healthcare professional when students begin showing flu-like or viral symptoms.
Please make sure your child is fever-free for 24 hours without the aid of fever-reducing agents, such as Tylenol, before sending your child back to school. This is HEB ISD’s policy and standard operating protocol when a student or staff member begins to run a fever. Remember to report any absences due to illness to your child’s school as soon as possible.
In the meantime, we encourage students and staff of all ages to continue to practice good health habits including the following:
Wash hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds;
Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap is not available;
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then throw the tissue in the trash; or cough or sneeze into your elbow;
Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands;
Avoid close contact with people who are sick;
Stay home while you have a fever or experience illness;
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
Our goal is to keep you informed and to update you regularly as health situations unfold. Please follow the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website at cdc.gov/coronavirus for the most current available updates. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work to help keep our HEB ISD family safe and healthy.
Steven A. Chapman
Superintendent of Schools