Coronavirus Update

Coronavirus Update
Posted on 02/28/2020
Coronavirus Update

Dear Nacogdoches ISD Family,

 

An outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a new coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China, has caused an outbreak of respiratory illness in other parts of the world. The United States has confirmed a handful of novel coronavirus cases, mostly related to travel. I want to assure you that our school district is keeping track of this situation through proven and trustworthy sources: our local health department, the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). These health officials believe the risk to our school community is low at this time.

 

Updated information from the CDC on coronavirus in the United States can be found at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html. The most recent information about coronavirus in Texas may be found at: https://dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/.

 

Much is being learned about this newly emerged virus. Based on the current information, health officials are recommending local communities and schools should take similar steps to protect against coronavirus as we take to prevent the spread of everyday illnesses like the common cold or the flu:

 

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with the inside of your elbow when you cough or sneeze.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

 

The 2019 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 spread. Symptoms can be fever, cough, or difficulty breathing. At this time, persons considered at risk are those with travel to China, or those in close contact with persons infected with coronavirus.

 

NISD Plant Services custodians properly clean and sanitize classrooms, restrooms and cafeterias on a daily basis, concentrating on contact points such as counters, desktops and door knobs, to minimize the spread of disease. Additionally, NISD school nurses notify Plant Services in the event of elevated absenteeism at a particular campus or classroom. Upon receiving that information, NISD custodians perform a deep clean, which includes use of a fogger to disperse disinfectant onto every surface possible.

 

While a new type of illness can be scary, we can protect our students, teachers, and the broader community by using simple everyday actions that protect people from other types of respiratory viruses. Our teachers, school nurses, and staff are working carefully to encourage these simple and effective habits of frequent handwashing, covering every cough or sneeze, and cleaning classroom tables/surfaces frequently, along with the involvement of custodians from the district’s Plant Services department.

 

Thank you for your support of our district, our schools, our students and our teachers and staff. 

 

Sincerely, 


Alton Frailey

Interim Superintendent of Schools

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