Our main priority at Angleton ISD is the safety and health of our students and staff, and we realize that there is understandable concern surrounding Ebola and the Enterovirus D-68 (EV-D68). There is NOT a present threat of Ebola or EV-D68 in AISD. However, we want to reassure you that we are continuously monitoring the situation, and we are in close contact with the state and local health authorities. The district will continue to communicate any guidelines or precautions recommended by the Center for Disease Control and the Department of State Health Services. We ask for your help in making sure we continue to protect our students and staff members against any infections and viruses.
Ebola Facts and Symptoms:
· Ebola is not spread through the air, by water, or generally by food.
· Ebola is not contagious until symptoms appear.
· Symptoms can appear 2-21 days after exposure but generally appear after 8-10 days.
· Ebola is spread from direct contact through broken skin or mucous membranes with blood or other bodily fluids.
· The infected person can have a sudden onset of fever over 101.5 degrees Fahrenheit.
· The infected person can have severe headache, intense weakness, sore throat, and muscle pain. This is followed by vomiting, diarrhea, rash, abdominal pain, or unexplained hemorrhaging.
Enterovirus D-68 Facts and Symptoms:
· EV-D68 causes respiratory illness.
· The virus can be found in an infected person's respiratory secretions, such as saliva, nasal mucus, or sputum.
· The virus likely spreads from person to person when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or touches a surface that is then touched by others.
· Infants, children and teenagers are most likely to get infected with enteroviruses and become ill.
· Children with asthma may have a higher risk for severe respiratory illness caused by EV-D68 infection.
· EV-D68 can cause mild to severe respiratory illness.
· Mild symptoms may include fever, runny nose, sneezing, cough, and body and muscle aches.
· Severe symptoms may include wheezing and difficulty breathing.
To access additional information about Ebola and EV-D68,
click the attachments below and/or the following links: Ebola or EV-D68.
What is AISD doing to prevent the spread of all viruses?
· Per AISD policy, students with a fever greater than 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit and/or who are vomiting and/or have diarrhea are sent home.
· We are encouraging hand washing and the use of hand sanitizer.
· We are encouraging proper coughing and sneezing techniques.
· We are screening the recent travel for all new students entering AISD.
What can you do at home to prevent the spread of all viruses?
· Please keep your child home if he experiences one or more of the following:
o has a fever (child must be fever-free for 24 hours),
o is vomiting or has vomited during the night or has diarrhea, and/or
o has a rash or skin infection other than poison ivy.
· Avoid contact with blood and bodily fluids of any person, particularly someone who is sick.
· Encourage your child/family to do the following:
o frequently wash hands with soap and water (20 seconds minimum) or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer,
o avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands,
o not to share drinks, food, cups, and eating utensils with others,
o avoid close contact such as kissing and hugging with people who are sick, and
o to cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or shirt sleeve, not hands.
· Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as toys and doorknobs, especially if someone is sick.
· Students shall not return to school unless symptom free for more than 24 hours.
For more information on stopping the spread of germs, CLICK HERE.
Again, there presently is NOT an Ebola or EV-D68 threat to AISD students and staff, but we will continue to monitor the health concerns and keep parents informed of any new developments. We also understand that you may have questions and concerns, and we ask you to contact the nurse at your child's campus if you do. Thank you for helping us make sure we keep our students and staff safe.
AISD Lead Nurse