New Caney ISD follows the guidance and expertise of national and local health officials to help protect our students and staff from all communicable diseases. The District is aware that The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention is monitoring an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. While there are no reports of this illness in our area, families are encouraged to visit CDC website for more information and travel guidance regarding the Coronavirus.
No additional precautions have been advised for New Caney ISD at this time, but we will continue to be in communication with the local health authority and stand ready to take all appropriate measures.
PREVENTING THE SPREAD OF INFECTION
The District takes the following measures to ensure a safe learning environment for all students and staff:
- Continuously educate students, staff, and community members about the importance of frequent hand washing; covering a cough or sneeze; not touching one’s eyes, nose, and mouth; staying home when ill; and other measures to prevent the spread of all communicable disease;
- Routinely disinfect classrooms, school clinic and cafeteria with Clorox 360 cleaner which is effective against multiple disease-causing viruses and bacteria;
- Monitor students for symptoms and refer students to the school nurse for assessment as appropriate;
- School nurses exclude students from school attendance according to Department of State Health Services Guidelines; and
- Work with the Montgomery County Public Health District, regarding any suspected case of a "Notifiable Condition."
Parents and guardians can help to keep their child, our schools, and community healthy by:
- Observing their child for signs of illness which may include coughing, nausea/vomiting, diarrhea, fever and/or skin rash.
- Keeping sick students at home and seeking medical attention for severe illness.
- Reinforcing the importance of good hand hygiene.
- Adopting healthy practices, such as disposing of used tissues, coughing into a sleeve rather than into a hand, and not touching one’s eyes, nose, and mouth
- Keeping children home until free of fever for 24 hours (without the aid of fever reducing medication)
- Keeping children home until diarrhea free for 24 hours (without the aid of anti-diarrheal medication)
- Receiving the flu vaccine