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Communicable Diseases Alert System
Dickinson ISD is monitoring the evolving situation regarding 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) 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.
Dickinson ISD is currently operating at Level Alert 2 (cases in our region but not local area) and will provide additional information as warranted. While there are currently no reports of this illness in our area, families are encouraged to visit the CDC website for more information and travel guidance regarding COVID-19.
Families are asked to continue following best practices with regard to preventive actions in stopping the spread of germs such as thorough hand washing, covering nose and mouth when sneezing or coughing, and limiting contact with others if not feeling well.
We are committed to keeping you informed and to providing a
safe learning environment for all. We are continuing to
monitor information from the CDC and our local health officials. If
district updates are needed, they will be sent via district email and posted on
our district website and social media accounts. Your help and support is greatly appreciated!
What is COVID-19?
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China.
How do people become infected?
Human coronaviruses most commonly spread from an infected person to others through:
How can I avoid infection with COVID-19?
According to the CDC, the immediate health risk of COVID-19 to the American public is LOW. However, you can help prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses with these actions.
Dickinson ISD is requesting DISD families, employees and substitute teachers who have traveled over Spring Break to self-report their national and international trips. This information will help the district administrative team and school nurses. Please click on the link provided to complete the form. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated!
Click here to submit your travel report
Message from DISD Superintendent Carla Voelkel:
Dear Dickinson ISD Family,
Dickinson ISD is committed to the health and safety of our students and staff. The COVID-19 coronavirus is spreading quickly in many parts of the world and has a growing potential to disrupt international travel. With Spring Break starting soon, we want to provide information to you from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) related to travel to countries where there is widespread community transmission of COVID-19.
As of today, March 6, 2020, the CDC has identified four countries for which it has issued a Level 3 Travel Health Notice. A Level 3 Travel Health Notice is one that recommends that travelers avoid all non-essential travel to the particular country. The four countries are China, Iran, South Korea, and Italy. A person who travels to or through those countries while a Level 3 Travel Health Notice is in effect is to stay home and monitor his or her health for 14 days after the person leaves that country. We encourage everyone in our community to go to the CDC’s website for factual, up-to-date information regarding COVID-19.
The following is guidance from the CDC to consider before traveling:
Because this situation is changing rapidly, before you travel, we encourage you to check the website for the CDC to find updated guidance for your destinations as well as for those countries you may travel through on the way to your destinations. Level 3 Travel Health Notices may be posted for other countries at any time.
Should employees or students travel to or through any of the countries listed as a Level 3 Travel Health Notice, the District asks that you comply with the guidelines from the CDC. Employees and students should stay at home and monitor their health for 14 days after leaving the identified country. If there is no indication of illness by the end of the 14-day monitoring period, employees may return to work and students may return to campus.
Parents of students who travel to or through any of the countries identified with a Level 3 Travel Health Notice must contact the student’s principal upon return to the United States so that the 14-day monitoring period can be determined. Student absences during this time will be excused. The campus will work with the student and parent to provide assignments and resources to help the student attempt to stay current with classroom instruction. The principal will be in periodic contact during the 14-day monitoring period. If the student shows no sign of illness, the student may return to the classroom at the completion of the 14-day monitoring period.
Harris County Public Health has advised that students and staff traveling to or through any of the countries with a Level 3 Travel Health Notice should comply with the recommendation to stay home and monitor their health for 14 days after leaving the identified country. This situation is fluid and may change with very little notice in the coming weeks. We encourage you to access the information noted above from the CDC anytime you intend to travel outside of the United States in the near future while this public health emergency is in effect.
We will continue to receive information from public health authorities about COVID-19. Based on current information, basic health practices can protect against the spread of COVID-19:
With the help of all of our families and our staff, we will work to keep our students healthy and safe.
Harris County Public Health: COVID-19
Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS): COVID-19
Centers for Disease Control—What to Do If You Are Sick With Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
The flu spreads easily, and there are lots of ways to catch it. The flu is especially hard on older adults and small children, so keep your family protected.
The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) encourages you to protect yourself and your family by getting the flu shot as soon as possible. DSHS urges everyone six months old and older to get vaccinated every flu season.
In addition to getting a flu shot, you can help prevent the spread of flu by:
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