Latest District Developments Regarding the Swine Flu
Update – April 30, 2009
What Coppell ISD is doing
The Coppell Independent School District is continuing to monitor the swine flu situation. To-date, the district has no confirmed cases and all schools are open.
Coppell ISD is following the guidance and recommendations of the Dallas County Health Department and the University Interscholastic League (UIL) who suggest community mitigation and social distancing as the main strategy to combat a flu or its transmission.
The UIL postponed all high school athletic, academic, and fine arts events throughout Texas until May 11.
Effective Thursday, April 30, through Sunday, May 3, CISD officials postponed or cancelled all activities occurring outside the normal school day as well as those occurring off-site including:
1. field trips
In the meantime, many precautionary measures are being taken to keep students and staff healthy. The custodial staffs are working diligently to clean and disinfect the schools (incl. door knobs and keyboards) daily.
Also, the school nurses, who are at every school, are monitoring all reported illnesses. School officials encourage parents to contact the school if their child(ren) are experiencing flu-like symptoms.
According to health officials, the symptoms of swine flu in people are very similar to the symptoms of regular human flu and include:
· Sore throat
· Body aches
NOTE: Be aware that merely sneezing or coughing without a fever or other symptoms of the flu does not require intervention. Many students will merely have seasonal allergies or asthma and do not pose a threat.
Here are some everyday actions people can take to stay healthy:
· Cover your nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then throw the tissue in the trash.
· Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you sneeze or cough. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.
· Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread that way.
· Try to avoid close contact with sick people.