Visit the Huntsville ISD COVID-19 (Coronavirus) webpage for updates on the District's efforts to keep our students and staff safe and healthy.
Huntsville ISD follows the guidance and expertise of national and local health officials to help protect our students and staff from all communicable diseases. The District is aware that The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is monitoring an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus (COVID-19) which was first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China.
Families are encouraged to visit CDC website for more information and travel guidance regarding the Coronavirus.
Please be assured that Huntsville ISD will continue to be in communication with our health authorities and will continue to followi their guidance and expertise to help protect our students and staff from ALL communicable diseases. We do have a proactive plan with a number of preventative measures already in place district-wide.
The Huntsville ISD custodial staff has increased cleaning frequency since early fall in response to expanding flu cases. Using hospital-grade products, they have enhanced their efforts this month to disinfect all classrooms and common contact surfaces nightly to help offset the spread of all communicable illnesses. Over spring break, additional steps to deep clean and disinfect will be taken. When we return from the break, HISD Transportation will begin a daily routine treatment of disinfecting buses following each route. As a reminder, we are still in the midst of cold and flu season, and it’s important for all families to take preventative measures to safeguard themselves
PREVENTING THE SPREAD OF INFECTION
This website includes information about our ongoing and daily efforts to keep our students and staff safe and healthy, and reminders for parents and guardians.
The District takes the following measures to ensure a safe learning environment for all students and staff:
- Continuously educate students, staff, and community members about the importance of frequent hand washing; covering a cough or sneeze; not touching one’s eyes, nose, and mouth; staying home when ill; and other measures to prevent the spread of all communicable disease;
- Routinely disinfect campuses hospital-grade cleaner which is effective against multiple disease-causing viruses and bacteria;
- Monitor students for symptoms and refer students to the school nurse for assessment as appropriate;
- School nurses exclude students from school attendance according to Department of State Heath Services Guidelines; and
- Work with local, state and federal health authorities for any suspected case of a "Reportable Condition."
Parents and guardians can help to keep their child, our schools, and community healthy by:
- Observing their child for signs of infection which may include coughing, colds, fever, itching on the skin and scalp and unusual rashes.
- Keeping sick students at home and seeking medical attention for severe illness.
- Reinforcing the importance of good hand hygiene.
- Adopting healthy practices, such as disposing of used tissues, coughing into a sleeve rather than into a hand, and not touching one’s eyes, nose, and mouth
- Keeping children home until free of fever for 24 hours (without the aid of fever reducing medication)
- Keeping children home until diarrhea free for 24 hours (without the aid of anti-diarrheal medication)
- Receiving the flu vaccine
Tips to minimize spreading infection:
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Germs spread this way.
- Cover coughs and sneezes. Use a tissue to cover coughs and sneezes, then dispose of the tissue. When a tissue is not available, cough or sneeze into your elbow.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, especially when someone is ill.
- Wash hands for 20 seconds. Washing hands often under clean, running water can help prevent the spread of germs.
For more guidance see the CDC: When and How to Wash Your Hands. If you cannot wash your hands, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60-95% alcohol.