Itasca ISD is actively monitoring local, state and federal guidelines and preventative recommendations about the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Right now in Texas, there have been confirmed cases of infection in San Antonio, but all those individuals contracted the disease outside of Texas and those persons are under federal quarantine at a military base.

However, Itasca ISD is taking this health threat very seriously and continuing to monitor schools. When respiratory or gastrointestinal symptoms materialize our school nurses and school leaders will use the existing illness outbreak processes to track illnesses, notify health officials, disinfect schools, and notify staff and parents.

We are also reminding parents to not send children to school if they may be sick. Keeping your sick child home will be a great benefit for the health and wellness of all students and staff. This kind of response is the same as for the regular seasonal flu.

What You Need to Know

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a type of virus that causes diseases of varying severities, ranging from the common cold to more serious respiratory disease.

How is it spread?

  • Through coughing and sneezing
  • Close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands
  • Touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes before washing your hands
  • Because Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is new, we are learning more each day about the transmission patterns and incubation periods.

What are the symptoms?

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Difficulty Breathing
  • Severe Illness
  • Anyone exhibiting these symptoms should be seen by their primary care physician as soon as possible.

What can I do?

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub
  • Help your young students to wash their hands well
  • Do not drop off your sick child at school
  • Stay home when you’re sick
  • Cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing
  • Avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms

Where can I get more important information?

Please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for the latest national updates. 

Mark Parsons

Superintendent of Schools, Itasca ISD