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Public Health Information Regarding Coronavirus Concerns


Dear Denton ISD community –

We are working closely with local and federal health authorities to monitor the developing situation surrounding the COVID-19 coronavirus. Currently, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Denton County.

Human coronaviruses most commonly spread from an infected person to others 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; and rarely, fecal contamination.

State medical experts indicate that the best ways to prevent the spread of COVID -19 are the same recommendations for preventing the spread of the flu: 

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol, if soap and water are not available.
  • 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 cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Receive a flu vaccine if you are over the age of 6 months.
  • Follow the CDC’s recommendations regarding the use of facemasks.

Facemasks are not recommended for people who are well to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19. Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others or by health workers and people who are taking care of someone with COVID-19 symptoms. 

All Denton ISD campuses have wall-mounted soap dispensers in restrooms and hand sanitizer dispensers are available in the nurses’ office on all campuses. In addition, our campus custodial staff will continue to disinfect campuses each day with hospital-grade products to help offset the spread of communicable illnesses.

Regarding those who return from travel to China, The CDC has communicated: 

“At this time, American citizens, lawful permanent residents, and family members (as specified in the Presidential Proclamation) who have been in China in the past 14 days will be allowed to enter the United States. Those travelers will be directed to one of 11 US airports and will be screened for fever and symptoms and asked questions about their travel in China and exposure. Those travelers will have some level of restriction on their movement depending on their health and travel history.”

Denton County is prepared to monitor the health of those who have travelled to and returned from China. Should they become ill, they will be required to stay home for 14 days.  If there are students involved, the health department will contact Denton ISD and guide us through the next steps.  

School nurses in our district have been informed that, should they become aware of students/families that have traveled to China, they are to report that information to the health department.  We will continue to keep you informed as we receive additional information. It takes all of us working together to ensure healthy learning environments.

 

Please click the link below for COVID-19 informational flyer:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/2019-ncov-factsheet.pdf

 

Haga clic en el siguiente enlace para ver el folleto informativo de COVID-19:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/2019-ncov-factsheet-sp.pdf

 


To view all COVID-19 related updates from the district, please click here.