• What is Coronavirus?

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    Coronavirus disease is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person like the flu.

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  • How does the virus spread?

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    This virus was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. The first infections were linked to a live animal market, but the virus is now spreading from person-to-person. It’s important to note that person-to-person spread can happen on a continuum. Some viruses are highly contagious (like measles), while other viruses are less so.

    The virus that causes COVID-19 seems to be spreading easily and sustainably in the community (“community spread”) in some affected geographic areas. Community spread means people have been infected with the virus in an area, including some who are not sure how or where they became infected.

     

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  • What are the COVID-19 Symptoms

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    • Feeling feverish or a measured temperature greater than or equal to 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit
    • Loss of taste or smell
    • Cough
    • Difficulty breathing
    • Shortness of breath
    • Headache
    • Chills
    • Sore throat
    • Shaking or exaggerated shivering
    • Significant muscle pain or ache
    • Diarrhea
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  • What can I do to prevent the spread of COVID-19?

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    Practice everyday preventive actions to help reduce your risk of getting sick and remind everyone in your home to do the same. These actions are especially important for older adults and people who have severe chronic medical conditions:

    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
    • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue and throw the tissue in the trash.
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing; going to the bathroom; and before eating or preparing food.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects
      (e.g., tables, countertops, light switches, doorknobs, and cabinet handles).
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  • What steps can my family take to reduce the risk of getting COVID-19?

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    Practice everyday preventive actions to help reduce your risk of getting sick and remind everyone in your home to do the same. These actions are especially important for older adults and people who have severe chronic medical conditions:

    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
    • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue and throw the tissue in the trash.
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing; going to the bathroom; and before eating or preparing food.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects
      (e.g., tables, countertops, light switches, doorknobs, and cabinet handles).
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  • Are some people at higher risk than others?

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    Some people may be at higher risk of infection, such as people who have other illnesses that suppress the immune system or make them more vulnerable to respiratory disease. This includes people with lung disease or diabetes, those who have suppressed immune systems, and the elderly.

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  • What is Channelview ISD doing to ensure the health and safety of students and staff?

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    PREVENT: Practices to Prevent the Virus from Entering the School

    Self Screening for COVID-19 Before Campus Access: Teachers, Staff and Students will be required to self-screen for COVID-19 symptoms before coming onto campus each day.

    Teachers and Staff: Must report to the district if they themselves have COVID-19 symptoms or are lab-confirmed with COVID-19, and, if so, they must remain off campus until they meet the criteria for re-entry. They must also report to the district if they have had close contact with an individual who is lab-confirmed with COVID-19, and, if so, must remain off campus until the 14-day incubation period has passed.

    Students: Parents must ensure they do not send their child to school on campus if the child has COVID-19 symptoms or is lab-confirmed with COVID-19, and instead should opt to receive remote instruction until the conditions for re-entry are met. Parents may also opt to have their students receive remote instruction if their child has had close contact with an individual who is lab-confirmed with COVID-19 until the 14-day incubation period has passed.

    Social Distancing: The district will arrange classrooms as much as possible to promote social distancing between students. Students are encouraged to practice social distancing while in common areas (hallways, cafeterias, outside areas).

    Face Coverings: Face coverings (non-medical grade disposable masks or cloth face coverings over the nose and mouth) will be required to be worn by all staff and students.  Facemasks with exhalation vents or valves may not be worn. If a staff member or student would also like to wear a face shield, they may do so, but a mask must still be worn.  Staff and students may take periodic breaks from wearing masks as long 6 foot social distancing is consistently enforced.

    Temperature Checks: All staff members will have a daily temperature check when entering district facilities each day. Students will not have daily temperature checks, but are encouraged to monitor their own temperature from home prior to entering district facilities. The district has purchased non-contact forehead thermometers to have available at all campuses and departments.



     
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  • How will the school respond to someone who has COVID-19

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    Response to COVID-19 Cases: The district will follow guidelines set by TEA and local health officials.

    Individuals Confirmed or Suspected with COVID-19:

    Any individual who themselves either: (a) are lab-confirmed to have COVID-19; or (b) experience the symptoms of COVID-19 must stay at home throughout the infection period, and cannot return to campus until the school system screens the individual to determine any of the below conditions for campus re-entry have been met:

     

      • In the case of an individual who was diagnosed with COVID-19, the individual may return to school when all three of the following criteria are met:
        1. at least three days (72 hours) have passed since recovery (resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications); 
        2. the individual has improvement in symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath); and
        3. at least ten days have passed since symptoms first appeared.
      • In the case of an individual who has symptoms that could be COVID-19 and who is not assumed to have COVID-19, and the individual may not return to the campus until the individual has completed the same three-step set of criteria listed above.
      • If the individual has symptoms that could be COVID-19 and wants to return to school before completing the above stay at home period, the individual must either (a) obtain a medical professional’s note clearing the individual for return based on an alternative diagnosis or (b) receive two separate confirmations at least 24 hours apart that they are free of COVID via acute infection tests at an approved COVID-19 testing location found at https://tdem.texas.gov/covid-19/.

    Identifying Possible COVID-19 Cases on Campus

    • The campus will immediately separate any student who shows COVID-19 symptoms while at school until the student can be picked up by a parent or guardian.
    • The campus will clean the areas used by the individual who shows COVID-19 symptoms while at school (student, teacher, or staff) as soon as is feasible.
    • Students who report feeling feverish will be given an immediate temperature check to determine if they are symptomatic for COVID-19.
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  • What happens if there is a COVID outbreak on our campus?

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    If COVID-19-related disruptions arise throughout the year, campuses or classrooms may be closed for intermittent periods of time.  If a campus or classroom is closed to on-campus instruction, students who are impacted will transition to virtual instruction during the time of closure.

     

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  • What will be done to ensure schools stay clean?

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    Campus Cleaning: Our campuses are being cleaned daily by our maintenance and custodial departments. Frequent cleaning of commonly touched surfaces (door handles, common tables/desks, restrooms, etc.) will happen throughout the school day and while students and staff are in buildings. The district has purchased handheld sanitizing misters for the front office areas to be used to sanitize frequently used areas.

    Hand Sanitizer: Hand sanitizer stations will be available at the front entrance of all buildings in the district. Hand sanitizer will also be placed in all classrooms. Students and staff are encouraged to wash their hands frequently with soap and water or sanitizer when soap and water is not readily available.

    Posters: Posters will be placed around the buildings to help remind all of our students and staff of the importance in following all of the precautionary measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

     

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