Update from the Nurse: COVID-19

Doss Owls

Following is additional information from Student Health Services about the COVID – 19 (novel coronavirus) that I wanted to share with you. Student Health administrators and nursing staff are closely monitoring illness activity in the area and taking guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Austin Public Health (APH), and the Texas Education Agency (TEA). Our actions and decisions are based on the premise to Protect Yourself and Prepare for Minor Disruptions caused by COVID. You can best protect yourself by following the standard illness and flu precautions. There is no need for anyone to wear a mask. Student Health Services staff receive updates from our administration weekly or more often as needed.

We are asking the Doss community to be mindful of the following recommendations:

  1.  Consistently reinforce personal hygiene and infection control measures.
  2.  Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  3.  Stay home when you are sick- staff and students alike.
  4.  Always cover your cough or sneeze. Cover the mouth and nose with the inside of the elbow.
  5.  Wash your hands (at least 20 seconds, with soap) often. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  6.  Don’t touch your face (or at least try to limit).
  7.  Don’t share items that can share germs (drinks, food, personal items).
  8.  Please notify me, the school nurse if your child is sick with flu symptoms, especially cough and fever. *Any time your child is diagnosed with infection, please notify me directly, as I am required to take additional measures to control the spread of infection.
  9. Encourage hand-washing through reminders, modeling and routine. Hands should be washed at the beginning of the day, after going to the bathroom, before eating, after eating, after using hands to cover coughs and sneezes or tissue to blow nose,  and when coming in from playing outside.
  10.  Parents and Guardians: please make sure contact numbers are up-to-date in the parent portal, including emergency contact numbers.

 

In our school we are taking the following measures:

  1.  Increased cleaning by our custodial staff of common touch areas such as door knobs, handrails, tables, desks, and light switches.
  2. The AISD Department of Maintenance and Operations is purchasing additional GENEON Mist Sprayers and Razor Antimicrobial Coating product for every campus. The RAZOR Antimicrobial Coating is a long-lasting surface protectant (lasts up to 90 days) and when used in conjunction with our normal cleaning procedure, it greatly reduces or eliminates the buildup of germs, including influenza.
  3.  Monitoring students and staff for symptoms of COVID-19 illness and reporting to Austin Public Health for further guidance.
  4. Participating in daily calls hosted by Department of State Health Services and public health authorities.

The following links for the CDC and Johns Hopkins Medicine will take you to the most up to date and accurate information:

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

https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/conditions-and-diseases/coronavirus

Please reach out to me in the health room if I can be of further assistance.

Thank you, Nurse T.