February 29, 2020 Update

Dear Parents and Families of DeSoto ISD:

When public issues of concern arise, we feel that it is important to communicate the district’s response to such matters.

Given the recent media coverage of the concerns related to the coronavirus, we are providing the following out of an abundance of caution and to be proactive in supporting the health and wellness of our school community.

To date, there have been no confirmed cases of coronavirus in North Texas according to local and regional health officials.

As a school system, we work collaboratively with our civic partners to make decisions regarding issues of public concern.

The City of DeSoto, along with our neighbors from the Best Southwest Partnership Cities of Duncanville, Cedar Hill, and Lancaster are in daily communication concerning public health threats including the coronavirus and seasonal influenza. These cities’ EMS Chiefs and regional Emergency Management work together with Dallas County Health and Human Services, Medical Control and Medical Directors, and hold daily conference calls with the Texas Department of State Health Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Together, we monitor updates regarding the coronavirus and more immediate health threats such as seasonal influenza. Again, while there have been no cases of Coronavirus in North Texas to date, seasonal influenza has already claimed 17 lives in Dallas County. Fortunately, the universal precautions that people can for both health concerns are the same as follows:

  • 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 properly)
  • Keeping hands away from eyes, nose and mouth
  • Staying home if sick
  • Refraining from returning campuses or offices until fever-free for at least 24 hours without Tylenol or Advil, not vomiting or had diarrhea

 

It is important to note that DeSoto ISD has trained, registered nurses at each campus with protocols in place to handle communicable illnesses common to school districts like influenza (flu), pertussis (whooping cough), strep throat, head lice and more. 

Additionally, DeSoto ISD has a standard practice of maintaining a clean school environment. As is customary in school districts during flu season and as has been recommended by the Centers for Disease Control, we make it a point to frequently clean and sanitize our schools and classrooms regularly throughout the school day and each night during routine cleaning practices.

Student and staff safety is our top priority. We will continue to monitor the CDC and DSHS for additional information and guidance and will share information with you regarding any updates.

For parents and families interested in learning more about this public health concern, please visit any of the listed resources below:

Dallas County Health and Human Service Coronavirus Resources: https://www.dallascounty.org/departments/dchhs/2019-novel-coronavirus.php

State of Texas Department of State Health Services Coronavirus Resources: https://dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/#public

Center for Disease Control and Prevention – Coronavirus Resources: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html