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KNOW THE PLAN: Important Information for Parents, Employees, and Students Regarding Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-9)

The Fort Worth ISD (FWISD) is actively collaborating with Tarrant County Public Health and Texas Department of State Health Services to “Know the Plan” about the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).  

Right now in Texas, there are several cases of confirmed infections in San Antonio, but all those individuals contracted the disease outside of Texas and those persons are under federal quarantine at a military base.

However, FWISD is taking this health threat very seriously and continuing to monitor schools. When respiratory or gastrointestinal symptoms materialize our school nurses and school leaders will use the existing illness outbreak processes to track illnesses, notify Tarrant County Health department officials, disinfect schools, and notify staff and parents.

We are also reminding parents to not send children to school if they may be sick. Keeping your sick child home will be a great benefit for the health and wellness of all students and staff. This kind of response is the same as for the regular seasonal flu.

 What You Need to Know

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a type of virus that causes diseases of varying severities, ranging from the common cold to more serious respiratory disease.

How is it spread?

  • Through coughing and sneezing
  • Close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands
  • Touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes before washing your hands
  • Because Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is new, we are learning more each day about the transmission patterns and incubation periods.

What are the symptoms?

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Difficulty Breathing
  • Severe Illness
  • Anyone exhibiting these symptoms should be seen by their primary care physician as soon as possible.

What can I do?

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub
  • Help your young students to wash their hands well
  • Do not drop off your sick child at school
  • Stay home when you’re sick
  • Cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing
  • Avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms

Where can I get more important information?

Please visit the COVID-19 page on the Tarrant County Public Health website. There you will find a Hotline Telephone Number that is currently being answered during business hours.

The Fort Worth ISD is also updating its Know The Plan page to include additional information regarding the emerging threat of COVID-19. Additional information will be provided as it becomes available.

In the coming days the District will be coordinating with health officials on what additional steps can be taken should the virus emerge in our community.

When and How to Wash Your Hands

Handwashing is one of the best ways to protect yourself and your family from getting sick. Learn when and how you should wash your hands to stay healthy.

Wash Your Hands Often to Stay Healthy

You can help yourself and your loved ones stay healthy by washing your hands often, especially during these key times when you are likely to get and spread germs:

  • Before, during, and after preparing food
  • Before eating food
  • Before and after caring for someone at home who is sick with vomiting or diarrhea
  • Before and after treating a cut or wound
  • After using the toilet
  • After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet
  • After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
  • After touching an animal, animal feed, or animal waste
  • After handling pet food or pet treats
  • After touching garbage

Follow Five Steps to Wash Your Hands the Right Way

Washing your hands is easy, and it’s one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of germs. Clean hands can stop germs from spreading from one person to another and throughout an entire community—from your home and workplace to childcare facilities and hospitals.

Follow these five steps every time.

  1. Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
  2. Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
  3. Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
  4. Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
  5. Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.

Why? Read the science behind the recommendations.

 

-FWISD-

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