The Aldine Independent School District is closely monitoring the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), and is in contact with the Centers for Disease Control, Texas Department of State Health Services and Houston Health Department to ensure all students and staff members are safe and updated with the latest information.
Our district’s standard health procedure is to ask that ill students and staff stay home. This is especially important with any person who is running a fever, has a cough and/or difficulty breathing. In those cases, we ask that you contact your health provider immediately. Should anyone with these symptoms come to school, we will ask that they return home immediately.
The symptoms of influenza and COVID-19 are very similar (fever, body aches, coughing and generally feeling bad). If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, you should seek medical attention. The doctor can do a simple test to get the proper diagnosis and treatment.
Aldine ISD will keep you updated as more information becomes available. In the meantime, continue to wash your hands frequently, keep your hands away from your face, cover your coughs and sneezes and limit exposure to family members and others who may be ill.
Currently there is no vaccine for COVID -19. Below are some preventative measures you can take to prevent the spread of the virus.
- Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
- Use hand sanitizer when hand washing is not available
- Do not touch your face. Eyes, nose, and mouth are portals for the virus to be transmitted
- If you have a fever of 100.4 or over please contact your health care provider for guidance
- If you feel ill or have a fever, cough, or general upper respiratory systems stay home and away from others
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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.
Aldine ISD classes will resume following the Easter holiday.
Salaried and hourly employees will continue to be paid during the extended break in accordance with Board Policy DEA(LOCAL) pertaining to an emergency closure.
Aldine ISD employees are still scheduled to get paid on March 20, 2020.
Premium pay will be paid in accordance with DEA(LOCAL) to all non-exempt (hourly) employees identified as essential staff who are required to work during the disruption of operations. The identified staff will be performing essential functions that are critical in continuing the district operations. Members of the Executive Leadership Team are the only ones who can identify and approve who the essential employees are. The list of essential employees may change from week to week, depending on the needs of the district.
It is also important to know that non-exempt (hourly) employees should not be volunteering to do work. If any work is critical in maintaining the operations of the district, that work should be identified as essential and essential staff must be appointed to complete the work.
We will keep this district travel restriction in place until further notice, and will regularly revisit the status of these preventive measures. During this travel restriction, if you have meetings with groups out of state, we encourage you to continue these partnerships via teleconference whenever possible.
As of March 12, there are no confirmed or suspected cases among the Aldine ISD community. In the greater Houston area, 17 cases have been reported.
The Aldine iSD executive leadership team has been meeting daily to monitor the situation and developing a plan on how the district will continue to respond to COVID-19 if our risk levels should increase.
The CDC’s criteria for people considered to be at higher risk, includes older adults and people with serious chronic medical conditions.
The World Health Organization declared this a pandemic on Wednesday, March 11. A pandemic is declared when a new disease that people do not have immunity to spreads around the globe beyond expectations. This is different from an epidemic, which is used to describe an outbreak that has grown out of control yet is limited to one just country or location.
We have made the decision out of an abundance of caution due to national developments and rapidly changing conditions regarding the spread of COVID-19.
The district is closely monitoring the evolving situation. AISD is in contact with local, state, and federal health officials, as well as other school districts, to ensure we are adhering to all guidelines and best practices. Aldine ISD will keep the community updated as more information becomes available.
Aldine ISD is aware that many staff and students will travel over spring break domestically as well as internationally. We are asking staff, students and their families who have traveled to or have been in contact with someone who has traveled to one of the countries on the CDC list (Mainland China, South Korea, Italy, and Iran) contact [email protected]
The safety and well-being of our students and staff are a top priority in Aldine ISD. We ask our parents and guardians to partner with us to best ensure the health and safety of our students and staff by continuing to monitor their child’s health. Students and staff who have symptoms of acute respiratory illness are recommended to stay home. They should not come to work or school with a fever of 100.4 degrees or higher using an oral thermometer. They should not have any signs of a fever, and any other symptoms for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing or other symptom-altering medicines (e.g., cough suppressants). By doing this, the exposure of illness and the possibility of it spreading to students and staff are minimized.
There is currently no vaccine to prevent Coronavirus Disease-2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, the CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- 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 using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
- CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
- Face masks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if your hands are visibly dirty.
While both these illnesses are respiratory viruses with symptoms of fever and a cough, it is recommended that anyone experiencing these symptoms visit a healthcare provider for diagnosis and treatment. Coronavirus is most commonly spread from an infected person to others through coughing and sneezing. Additionally, 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.
Aldine ISD is following the guidance of Harris County Health and Human Services. Both agencies are working closely with the CDC, local governments, and health care providers to prepare for and respond to the evolving COVID-19 situation. Aldine ISD Health Services has issued guidance for school nurses to use in identifying and assessing the health status of students or staff who are experiencing flu-like symptoms.
Custodial staff will continue with daily cleaning and disinfecting of all commonly touched surfaces in all district facilities. Transportation Services Department staff will enhance daily bus cleaning efforts with a deep cleaning of all buses.
If both exposure and symptoms of fever or respiratory illness are present, nurses are instructed to inform the principal. The individual will be isolated. Staff will contact Aldine ISD Health Services for additional guidance.
Where necessary, cleaning and disinfection will take place following the Department of Environmental Health Services Standard Operation Procedures and HCHHS recommendations.
Aldine ISD will follow the direction of local, state, and federal health authorities should it be necessary to close schools to limit the spread of infection.
If there is a positive case of COVID-19 in a neighboring district or a district that our students visit through extra-curricular or co-curricular activities, district staff will follow all directives from local, state, and federal health officials.