Coronavirus COVID-19 Update
Posted on 02/27/2020
Update, February 25: The district continues to monitor and be in communication with Harris County Public Health Services regarding novel Coronavirus. We will follow their professional guidance. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states the risk is “low” for the general American public. We also ask everyone to be mindful that although novel Coronavirus started in China, having Chinese ancestry — or any other Asian ancestry — does not place a person at higher risk for this illness. You can help keep our schools safe for everyone by sharing accurate information with your children and fellow community members.
As with the regular flu, if students or staff experience fever, they should stay home from school.
Update, February 3: The U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is recommending all travelers from China (including staff, school students, and volunteers) arriving after February 2, 2020, stay at home, away from the general population for 14 days.
This is precautionary and the measure was put into place because of the increasing numbers of COVID-19 cases in China. Schools are prepared to work with students who may need to stay home, and absences will be marked as excused.
There has been a lot of media attention on the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). Harris County Public Health Services and the Texas Department of State Health have released the following information to school districts.
At this time, the immediate risk to the general public in Texas and the United States is considered low. Information provided by the CDC, HCPHS, and DSHS also includes tips on how to avoid COVID-19 infection as well as how to stay healthy during the flu season. Flu is on the rise and it is important you know how to keep your child and family healthy.
What is Coronavirus?
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses. They usually cause mild respiratory illnesses such as the common cold. Some coronaviruses have caused more severe illness, such as severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and the Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS). COVID-19 is a new coronavirus that had not been seen in humans before December 2019.
Who is at Risk for COVID-19?
At this time, most people are not considered at risk for COVID-19 infection and do not need to seek medical evaluation for the virus.
Who Should Seek Medical Evaluation for COVID-19?
- Those with a fever, cough, or difficulty breathing AND have traveled from China in the last 14 days OR
- Those with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing AND have been identified by the Public Health Department as a recent close contact of a confirmed COVID-19 case or had recent close contact with someone who is being evaluated for COVID-19 infection.
What Can I Do to Prevent a COVID-19 Infection?
The same simple steps that prevent the spread of ordinary flu viruses work against COVID-19 and other illnesses.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
- Cough into a tissue or your elbow (not your hand). Then throw the tissue away and wash hands.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick
- Keep students home if the temperature is above 100.0 F (38.7 C) or they report not feeling well, appear weak or ill
- Consult your health care provider if you or your child has special health conditions that put you at increased risk
Should people at low risk for COVID-19 wear masks? HCPHS and DSHS are not recommending that people at low risk of COVID-19 wear masks in public. Currently, the immediate health risk to the general public in Texas is low and there are questions about the effectiveness of using masks in public to prevent illness. However, some people prefer to wear a mask, and this is a common cultural practice in some parts of the world. Both health organizations do encourage people to follow the CDC guidelines, which state that face masks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others.
Where can I Turn for More Information?
- 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), Harris County Public Health Services (this site includes FAQ in English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese)
- Novel Coronavirus Outbreak 2020, Texas Department of State Health Services
- 2019 Novel Coronavirus, Wuhan, China, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Guidance for Travelers, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Texas State Department of Health Services novel coronavirus call center: 1-877-570-9779
- Email: [email protected]
- Hours: 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Monday – Friday
As with any newly emerging infectious disease, knowledge evolves with time. Early on, it is difficult to know the source of the disease, the ways in which it spreads, how effectively it spreads from person to person, and how severe the infection is.
The Harris County Public Health Services coronavirus webpage will be continually updated as more information becomes available.
Background on Coronavirus
China is experiencing an expanding outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a new coronavirus (COVI). This virus emerged in Wuhan, China in December 2019. The virus is spreading from person-to-person in China, and cases have been detected in a number of countries internationally and the United States, including several cases, confirmed in Texas. (As of Feb. 26, 2020, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 Coronavirus in Harris County, and no additional precautions have been advised for Aldine ISD at this time.)
At this time, the immediate risk to the general public in Texas and the United States is considered low. While it’s possible that some person-to-person spread with this virus will happen in the United States, COVID-19 is NOT spreading in the community here at this time.
We anticipate that the Texas State Department of Health Services will put out additional guidance in the coming days. Please check back to the Texas State Department of Health coronavirus webpage for more information as it becomes available.
Health Program Mission Statement
The Aldine Independent School District Health Program shall advance the well-being, academic success and lifelong achievement of all students. School nurses facilitate positive student responses to normal development; promote health and safety; intervene with actual and potential health problems; provide case management services; and actively collaborate with others to build student and family capacity for adaptation, self-management, self-advocacy, and learning.
Health Program Goals
All clinics are staffed with Registered Nurses whose primary goal is the help students, staff and community members obtain and maintain optimal health.The goals of the school health services program are:
- To support health instruction which guides students towards becoming individuals who make responsible decisions about personal, family, and community health.
- To advocate and help provide an environment conducive to the promotion and maintenance of health.
- To detect and provide nursing care for any known or suspected physical condition which impedes learning or threatens optimum health.
- To encourage students to take an active role in managing their health.
- To act as liaisons for schools, homes, community agencies, physicians, and other health personnel.
- To achieve acceptable levels of compliance with federal, state, and local health regulations.
- To maintain and utilize current individual and collective health data.
- To provide learning and growth experiences for students, staff and community members.
Immunization schedules for Adults and Children
Immtrac – an immunization registry that parents can access
Local Immunization Clinics
Antoine Health Clinic
5815 Antoine, Suite A
Houston, Texas 77091
Humble Health Clinic
1730 Humble Place Drive
Humble, Texas 77338
The Vaccine Clinic
Northside 1 (map)
5990 Airline Dr., Suite 130
Houston, TX 77076
Northside 2 (map)
5990 Airline Dr., Suite 200
Houston, TX 77076
For more information visit: http://thevaccineclinic.com/
Harris County Hospital District Health Services
Harris County Public Health and Human Services
Northwest Assistance Ministries
Prevent Blindness Texas partners with Vision Service Plan, Luxottica Group Foundation, providing free eye exams and/or eyeglasses to those adults and children who otherwise could not afford them. Through strategic partnerships, we are able to connect the people we serve to appropriate eye care.
Visit their website for more information:
Eye Care for Kids
Eye Care for Kids provides free vision exams and glasses to low-income children who would not otherwise be able to afford it. Eye Care for Kids Foundation believes that every child, regardless of their parent’s income, deserves the opportunity to see clearly in order to function in the classroom.
Our mission is to empower children to reach their full educational and social potential through vision. With clear vision, those who benefit from our program are given an equal opportunity to succeed in school and have a greater chance of growing into confident, self-reliant members of the community.
For more information and to apply for services, visit their website:
THE VISION STATION PROJECT: A COMMUNITY EYE CARE INITIATIVE
Visual Compassion, InFOCUS, EyePunk and its mission partners are working together to expand access to primary eye care for children and adults who are “outside the loop” of medical services. Our objective is to increase access to affordable vision care for needy families. The larger aim is to help people enjoy the many benefits of healthy eyes and clear vision.
Incarnation Teen Clinic
8230 N. Antoine
Houston, TX 77088 Northwest/Aldine Area Call for appointments:
Mondays: 12:00 pm-4:00 pm
Serving ages 11-19
Ministry Assistance of Near NW Alliance (MANNA)
1806 W. 43rd
Houston TX 77018 North Loop Area
Wednesdays: 12:00 pm-3:00 pm
Call for appointment: 713.686.6440 x202
For Information visit:
The Harris County Public Health & Environmental Services (HCPHES) Dental program provides basic dental services to eligible children of the HCPHES clinics. Currently, dental services are offered at the Antoine and at the Southeast Clinic
HCPHES Antoine Health Clinic
5815 Antoine, Suite A – Houston, Texas 77091
Hours: Mon., Wed. and Fri.: 8:00 am-5:00 pm
For more information visit:
Resources For Parents
Medicaid/CHIP Food and Other Benefits
How to get help and apply for benefits through the Texas Health and Human Services Commission
Ways we can help you
- Health Care
- 65 or older / disabilities
- Cash Help
- Other Programs
You now can apply for benefits without going to an HHSC benefits office. You can apply by online, filling out a paper form, or calling us.
Find out if you might be able to get benefits.
- Click on the “Should I apply?” box.
- Fill out a short form.
Apply for benefits.
- Click on the “Apply for benefits” box.
- Set up an account.
- Fill out the form.
- Send the form to us by clicking a button at the end of the form.
View your case
- Click on the “View my case” box.
- Set up an account or log into the account you created.
- You can do the following in this section of the site:
- Check your application status.
- Check your interview time.
- Check your case status.
- Find out if we got items you sent.
- Get a receipt for items you sent.
- See which items we still need from you.
- Print the application you sent.
- See Medicaid services and health history.
- See which benefits you get.
- See your benefit amounts.
- Update your address or phone number
What is CHIP?
CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Program) is private health insurance coverage for children. It is designed for families who earn too much to qualify for Medicaid but still can’t afford to buy insurance.
CHIP will cover doctor visits when your child is sick, and preventative services such as regular check-ups, immunizations, x-rays, hearing and vision tests, and dental exams. Hospital stays, surgery, and services for children with disabilities and special health care needs will be covered, too.
Children, newborn through age 18, in families with income up to $33,400 (for a family of four).
How to contact CHIP?
This information will be announced on radio and television, on billboards and buses, and at community locations such as grocery stores, fast food restaurants, in the scho