KNOW THE PLAN: IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR PARENTS, EMPLOYEES, AND STUDENTS REGARDING CORONAVIRUS 2019
The Fort Worth ISD (FWISD) is actively collaborating with Tarrant County Public Health and Texas Department of State Health Services to “Know the Plan” about the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).
Fort Worth ISD Superintendent Kent Scribner has announced that schools will remain closed and students will remain at home, receiving online instruction until further notice.
“All schools will remain closed until we believe we can safely bring students back to school buildings for in-person teaching and learning and other school-related activities,” Dr. Scribner said.
For updates, visit www.fwisd.org/COVID19
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?
- 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 COVID-19 page on the Tarrant County Public Health website. There you will find a Hotline Telephone Number that is currently being answered during business hours.
The Fort Worth ISD is also updating its Know The Plan page to include additional information regarding the emerging threat of COVID-19. Additional information will be provided as it becomes available.
In the coming days the District will be coordinating with health officials on what additional steps can be taken should the virus emerge in our community.
When and How to Wash Your Hands
Handwashing is one of the best ways to protect yourself and your family from getting sick. Learn when and how you should wash your hands to stay healthy.
Wash Your Hands Often to Stay Healthy
You can help yourself and your loved ones stay healthy by washing your hands often, especially during these key times when you are likely to get and spread germs:
- Before, during, and after preparing food
- Before eating food
- Before and after caring for someone at home who is sick with vomiting or diarrhea
- Before and after treating a cut or wound
- After using the toilet
- After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet
- After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
- After touching an animal, animal feed, or animal waste
- After handling pet food or pet treats
- After touching garbage
Follow Five Steps to Wash Your Hands the Right Way
Washing your hands is easy, and it’s one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of germs. Clean hands can stop germs from spreading from one person to another and throughout an entire community—from your home and workplace to childcare facilities and hospitals.
Follow these five steps every time.
- Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
- Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
- Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
- Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
- Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.
FORT WORTH ISD SUPERINTENDENT SENDS LETTERS TO PARENTS, STUDENTS, AND EMPLOYEES ABOUT CORONAVIRUS PRECAUTIONS
Superintendent Kent P. Scribner updated families and employees Monday, March 2, 2020 on Fort Worth ISD’s steps in response to the possible occurrence of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in the Fort Worth school community.
“Schools can play an important part, and this District will do everything possible to support …[the preventive] effort,” Dr Scribner said in his letter to all stakeholders.
“I want to assure you that the Fort Worth ISD is keeping track of this situation by staying in close touch with Tarrant County Public Health, the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),” he continued. “Professional health officials believe the risk to our school community is low at this time.”
Below are the letters to parents, students, and District workers, in English and Spanish.
Know the Plan
Know The Plan
With the cooperation of local emergency response agencies and government entities, we address the four phases of emergency management –
Prevention and Mitigation:
A written plan that incorporates presentation and mitigation can decrees injury or loss of life. It can eliminate potential hazards before they can cause harm and decrease the loss of district property.
Having a plan before an emergency occurs is important to the protection of life and property. A healthy and safety community is one in which all stakeholders are empowered to take action to prevent loss of life, injury or damage to property.
Knowing how to respond to emergencies like:
- Fire or explosion
- Medical emergency
- Bomb threats
- Severe weather
- Hazardous materials
- Student/Parent Reunification
If a disaster occurs, efforts to return a school or the Distract to a state of “normalcy” must be carefully timed and coordinated to meet the needs of both students and staff. The Fort Worth Independent School District will carry out a recovery program that could involve both short-term and long-term activities.