Coronavirus Health Update

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a respiratory disease first detected in China that has now spread to 60 locations internationally, including the United States. 

Although no Coronavirus cases have been reported in Desoto ISD nor other North Texas communities, we will continue to work with professionals in the Dallas County Health Department, Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to remain informed and be prepared to quickly respond if necessary.

How Does Coronavirus spread?

Current understanding about how the virus that causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID‑19) spreads is largely based on what is known about similar coronaviruses.

The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person:

  • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
  • Via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
  • These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

It may be possible that a person can get COVID‑19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

People are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic (the sickest). Some spread might be possible before people show symptoms; there have been reports of this with this new coronavirus, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

Coronavirus Symptoms 

Patients with COVID‑19 have reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness. Symptoms can include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

At this time, CDC believes that symptoms of COVID‑19 may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure. This is based on what has been seen previously as the incubation period of MERS coronaviruses.

DeSoto ISD Preventative Measures

A message from SSC, the DeSoto ISD custodial services provider

Understanding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is rapidly evolving, our focus is – and will always be – the health, safety, and well-being of our associates, clients, and customers.

SSC adheres to the updated CDC protocols for outbreaks as they arise.  We have maintained and annually updated the SSC Pandemic Crisis Plan since 2010.  The 2020 update, which outlines the four phases of Plan, Practice, Early Response, and Response, has now been completed.  New this year, Compass Group has released a dedicated internal website which provides sites with

  • Compass Group Pandemic Management Policy
  • COVID-19 HR Policy and HR-specific FAQ
  • A Client Update on COVID-19 Policies, designed for clients with questions
  • Printable Handouts and Flyers for operators
  • Most up-to-date COVID-19 Response Team communications
  • A dedicated email for specific questions

In addition to these resources, we have also inventoried and strategically placed electrostatic sprayers and their accompanying disinfectant chemicals for rapid response in each region.  Our two main electrostatic sprayers are the

We use the prescribed chemical disinfectants for each machine, which are hospital-grade disinfectants as recommended by the CDC. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/infection-control.html.  

See further education and guidelines for disinfectant use that SSC follows here https://www.cloroxpro.com/resource-center/sars-cov-2-education-sheet/

At this time, the CDC is not recommending any additional cleaning measures.  If an outbreak occurs, we will inform you of additional response measures being taken.

DeSoto ISD Nursing Recommendations:

DeSoto ISD has registered nurses and licensed vocational nurses trained to address communicable illnesses. The nurses, as well as campus leaders, reinforce the following:

  • Proper handwashing (soap and water for 20 seconds and hand sanitizer in between)
  • Washing hands after certain activities, including bathroom breaks or recess and before lunch
  • Cough and sneeze etiquette (cough into the upper sleeve or use tissue and dispose of it)
  • Keeping hands away from eyes, nose and mouth
  • Staying home if sick and being fever-free before returning to school

Parents are encouraged to follow the standardized practice for keeping students who are ill at home, such as a fever, vomiting, diarrhea and more symptoms that can be found here.

DeSoto ISD is also using a preventative antibacterial misting system at campuses to thoroughly and widely disinfect. This misting system uses a medical-grade disinfectant that helps offset the spread of illness to provide a cleaner, safer learning environment for students and staff.

Additional Resources for Parents and Families

For more information about Coronavirus and how parents can address the situation with their children: 

 

Dallas County Health and Human Services has a COVID-19 Hotline available for public questions about the Corona Virus.

Hotline Phone is: 972-692-2780.