District takes precautionary measures against rare viruses
The recent announcement and news coverage of the Enterovirus 68 and confirmed Ebola case in Dallas has understandably raised some questions and concerns among school parents.
Longview ISD’s clinic nurses are in regular communication with the Department of Health and will follow any additional precautions that might be advised. At this time there have been no new directives from the health department.
Longview ISD schools use a combination of education and custodial practices to reduce the risk of spreading germs on a daily basis, especially as we enter the flu season. School nurses and teachers educate and encourage students and staff to use hand washing, hand sanitizers, proper cough etiquette and maintain healthy practices. At the same time, our custodial staff works diligently to sanitize surfaces that students and staff might come in contact with.
We also want to remind parents that Longview ISD has policies and protocols that are always in place to assist in keeping students healthy and to help prevent the spread of illness within our schools. Our communicable disease guidelines are located on our website and in the student handbook. The most important things you can do to protect yourself are to, stay home when you or your child are sick, cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing; preferably coughing into your elbow and washing your hands often will help protect you from germs. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
For further accurate information about communicable diseases always visit the CDC website at www.cdc.gov.
For more information visit:
Enterovirus 68: http://www.cdc.gov/non-polio-enterovirus/about/index.html