Feb 26, 2020

Coronavirus update


While we continue to closely work with local and federal health authorities to monitor the developing situation surrounding the COVID-19 coronavirus (see attached fact sheet from Harris County Public Health), here is a quick update:
Currently, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Harris 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 (see the CDC website for more information on handwashing).
  • 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 CFISD campuses have wall-mounted soap dispensers in restrooms and free-standing hand sanitizer dispensers at the building and cafeteria entrances. 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.


I will keep you informed as we receive additional information. It takes all of us working together to ensure healthy learning environments. 

~ Mark Henry, Ed.D.

3 comments:

  1. Hi,
    Thanks for updating us on the situation. This virus is spreading at an exponential rate, aided by the fact that incubation period can be as long as 14 days. Patients can be mildly sick but still carry around their daily routines. Would it be worthwhile to close the schools for few weeks or conduct remote sessions if possible?
    If thats not possible, can parents be allowed to keep their kids out of school at their will for the next few weeks.
    Thanks,
    A concerned parent

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  2. At least two High schools from the district have Orchestra planned trips to Disney World in Orlando this week and into then weekend . The scientific community is predicting the worse of the virus spread will happen after the Spring Break and with the long incubation process not only the students attending the trips are at risk but also the students that will share with them the classroom then following weeks.
    We are debating if our child will go to the trip and we are almost at the point of keeping her at home, however then High School continue the planing. I am writing an email to then trip organizer and Principal tonight urging them to cancel this trip, we understand the frustration on then kids and also then burden on the economic effort that many of us did. However, then tourism companies and even Disney should be able to understand and maybe this could be postponed when weather warms up and risk decrease ( no eliminates) but at least decrease. The district will be held responsible if it does not take the necessary measures to protect the students, most of companies are suspending large gatherings, conferences, etc, and the Cy Ranch and Bridgeland are sending dozens of students into Disney World in two days. Something then Superintend should examine ASAP.

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  3. (Corrections to Unfinished Comments I posted by mistake earlier)

    At least two High schools from the district have Orchestra planned trips to Disney World in Orlando this week and into the weekend . The scientific community is predicting the worse of the virus spread will happen after the Spring Break and with the long incubation process not only the students attending the trips are at risk but also the students that will share with them the classroom the following weeks.
    We are debating if our child will go to the trip and we are almost at the point of keeping her at home, however the High School continue the planning with no comments about coronavirus and then measures they will take for the safety of the students. I am writing an email to the trip organizer and Principal tonight urging them to cancel this trip, we understand the frustration on the kids and also the burden on then parents due to the economic effort that many of us did. However, the tourism companies and even Disney should be able to understand and maybe this could be postponed when weather warms up and risk decreases (no eliminates) but at least decreases. The district will be held responsible if it does not take the necessary measures to protect the students, most of companies are suspending large gatherings, conferences, etc, and the Cy Ranch and Bridgeland high schools are sending dozens of students into Disney World in two days. Something the Superintend should examine ASAP.

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