• Swine Flu Memorandum

    TO: Coppell ISD Parents and Staff
    FROM: The CISD Student Services Department
    SUBJ.: Swine Flu
    DATE: April 27, 2009

    The health and safety of your child is a top priority in the Coppell school system. There has been much coverage by the media in the past few days about swine flu and we want you to know that our Student Services Department is working with the Dallas County Health Department and the City of Coppell to raise awareness regarding this infectious disease.

    To-date, the Health Department has identified three probable cases of swine flu in Dallas County, and those patients have received treatment. We ask that you please:

    • Keep your child home if he or she develops flu-like symptoms or fever.
    • Take your child to the doctor so that he/she can receive prompt medical treatment.
    • Report confirmed swine flu cases to campus nurses so that we may relay that information to the Health Department. CISD nurses will protect every student's right to medical privacy by not sharing his or her information with anyone other than Health Department officials.
    By taking these common-sense steps at home and at school, we can prevent the spread of the flu and other infections:
    • Keep your hands clean by washing frequently with soap and water for at least 15 seconds.
    • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze. Wash your hands after coughing or sneezing.
    • Don't share drinking cups or eating utensils with others.
    • Use disinfecting wipes on telephone receivers, door knobs, keyboards/mouse, steering wheel in car and any other surface considered "high hand contact".
    • Eat healthy, drink lots of water, get plenty of sleep.

    What You Should Know About the Swine Flu

    • Community mitigation and social distancing is the main strategy to combat a flu for which there is no known vaccine.
    • The typical influenza incubation period is 2 days, but it has not been determined specifically for this strain.
    • This virus is not transmittable to humans through food or pets.
    • Testing results for the particular swine flu virus takes 24 hours. However, a quick swab test may confirm the student's virus is from a variant strain, ruling out swine flu.

    Enrollment and Attendance

    The Texas Education Agency recommends that public schools prudently evaluate the health of current students and new arrivals. Students demonstrating flu-like symptoms should be evaluated by medical professionals. Merely sneezing or coughing without a fever or other symptoms of the flu does not require intervention and may simply be seasonal allergies or asthma that do not pose a threat.

    Students arriving from outside of the state or country will be admitted to school in the normal manner. There is no basis at this time for excluding students who have arrived from Mexico or other locations where the swine flu has been diagnosed. All student exclusion decisions will be made on known exposures and test results.

    Online Resources and Hotline

    The Texas Department of State and Health Services has established a web site that includes recommendation and resource on swine flu at http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/swineflu/default.shtm.

    Additionally, a Swine Flu Hotline is available at (888) 777-5320. The Pandemic Flu Plan may also provide relevant information at www.dshs.state.tx.us/comprep/pandemic/default.shtm.

    Additional questions should be directed to the nurse on your child's campus or the CISD Student Services Department. Please help us continue to provide a safe and healthy learning environment for all Coppell ISD students and staff members.