COVID-19 Update - March 3, 2020
Deer Park ISD remains in contact with local health officials regarding Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). As of today, March 3, there were no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Harris County.
Still, there are many rumors spreading via social media about possible COVID-19 cases in our area. Whenever possible, we work to share factual information with you as it becomes available. At this point, the fact is that there are no confirmed cases in our area.
Over the last few days, there were instances when students were picked up by their parents during the school day or removed from class due to a routine disciplinary issue. We are in the middle of flu and strep season, and it is very common for students to visit the campus nurse and leave the school with their parents. Similarly, students get into trouble for a variety of reasons and are sent to the school office. These are ordinary, daily occurrences in any school that, under normal circumstances, would not be any cause for alarm.
However, due to the heightened level of concern among students, such instances have resulted in rumors about unconfirmed cases. In light of current news regarding COVID-19, we understand your concern, and we share it. But, again, we must stand on the facts of the situation.
One fact that remains unchanged is our effort to provide a safe school environment for students and employees. Our custodial team continues to regularly clean our facilities using QUAT 256 cleaner, which is a hospital-grade disinfectant effective against disease-causing viruses and bacteria. We also recently installed 50 additional hand sanitizer stations in our schools.
We continue to encourage students, employees, and community members to follow these preventative methods, which will help prevent the spread of viruses such as the flu and strep as well as COVID-19:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick;
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash;
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth;
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces;
- Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care;
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds;
- Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol (if soap and water are not available);
- Children with a fever must wait 24 hours before returning to school (without taking fever-reducing medication).
We strongly encourage you to follow these same methods at home.