Coronavirus Update - March 12 2020

MISD Statement On Coronavirus
Posted on 03/12/2020
This is the image for the news article titled MISD Statement On CoronavirusMarshall ISD would like to provide our families and staff with an update on Coronavirus, which has now been officially renamed to COVID-19.

At this time, there is one reported case of COVID-19 in our immediate east Texas area. The CDC is reporting that the vast majority of our United States population has a low risk of exposure to this virus. However, given the recent report in a neighboring city, and knowing the amount of social media traffic COVID-19 is receiving, we want to share the current steps that Marshall ISD is taking to make sure our students, staff, and campuses remain safe.

First, MISD regularly cleans and disinfects our classrooms, campus doors, student desks, water fountains, door knobs, school bus seating, locker rooms, student and staff restrooms, etc., each and every day. At least once a week our custodial cleaning staff looks to “deep clean” the common surfaces in classrooms and offices.

Also, beginning immediately, all out-of-district trips involving students and/or staff are being reevaluated to determine if there are unnecessary risks in regards to COVID-19 exposure, such as destination and type of trip, whether activities will take place in a confined space or outdoors. Should any trips be considered a potential risk, they will be postponed or cancelled until the potential threat of COVID-19 exposure subsides.

Here is some basic information on COVID-19:

How does COVID-19 spread? COVID-19 is spread in a very similar manner as the common cold and Flu. The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Touching a surface or object (shaking hands, public water fountains, door knobs, etc) that has the virus on it and then touching your mouth, nose, and eyes is thought to be the main causes of how COVID-19 spreads.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19? Symptoms of COVID-19 are very similar to colds and Flu. The CDC reports that COVID-19 illness thus far has ranged from mild symptoms of fever, cough, and shortness of breath to severe illness requiring a Doctor’s care.

How can you help prevent the spread of COVID-19? The CDC reports that there is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19.

The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus. Everyday common practices that may prevent the spread of colds, Flu, and the COVID-19 virus include:

Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
Stay at home when you are sick.

Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw away the tissue.

Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces with regular household spray or wipes (cell phones, computer keys, doorknobs, steering wheels, remote controls, etc.).

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available.

The CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from any respiratory disease, including COVID-19. Facemasks should only be used by people who show symptoms in order to help prevent the spread of a virus to others.

Please know that MISD continues to monitor the situation around us and as always our top goal is to ensure the safety of our students and staff on a daily basis.
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