COVID-19 Update - March 6, 2020

We are writing to share another update regarding coronavirus and its impact on our schools. The District remains in close and frequent contact with county and state health officials. At this point, there are three confirmed cases in Harris County and one confirmed case in Fort Bend County.

As the number of COVID-19 cases increases, there is a growing possibility that additional cases could be confirmed in our immediate area. With that in mind, we are taking additional precautions to prevent the spread of the virus as well as other illnesses such as the flu and strep.

PERFECT ATTENDANCE/EXAM EXEMPTIONS

We are suspending attendance incentive programs in our schools, including all school perfect attendance programs as well as high school exam exemption programs. We want to avoid a situation where students might come to school while they are sick simply to earn a perfect attendance award or an exam exemption. Thus, eligibility for these programs ended at the end of the school day on Feb. 28. In other words, only attendance from the first day of school through Feb. 28 will count when we determine if a student has earned perfect attendance or exam exemptions.

HIGH SCHOOL HEALTH OCCUPATIONS STUDENTS

There are many Deer Park High School Career and Technical Education students who participate in Health Science Clinicals cooperative programs in our area. As a precaution, student visits to area hospitals have been suspended indefinitely. CTE teachers will be in direct contact with students in this program should there be any additional changes.

STUDENT AND EMPLOYEE TRAVEL

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) state that students and employees who travel to one of the countries with a Level 3 Travel Health Notice should NOT report to school/work for 14 days following their return home. Currently, there are four countries that fall under this restriction: China, Iran, Italy, and South Korea.

Parents of students who plan to travel to a Level 3 Travel Health Notice country should contact the school office prior to the travel. This will allow administrators to work with the parents and health officials to create a self-quarantine plan.

Similarly, employees who plan to travel to a Level 3 Travel Health Notice country should contact their supervisor prior to the travel. This will allow the supervisor to work with the employee and health officials to create a self-quarantine plan.

For more travel-related information, go to: </ br></ br>

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html

NEWLY-ENROLLED STUDENTS

Students who enroll in the District must complete a travel survey to determine if additional precautions are needed.

PREVENTION

We continue to encourage students, employees, and community members to follow these preventative methods, which will help reduce 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.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Thank you.