HEALTH UPDATES:  SPRING BREAK TRAVEL DURING COVID-19 OUTBREAK

HEALTH UPDATES: SPRING BREAK TRAVEL DURING COVID-19 OUTBREAK

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With spring break approaching, many Dallas ISD families and staff may have scheduled travel outside and within the United States. Dallas ISD has gathered the information below to help keep staff, students and their families safe during and after spring break.

Travel to affected countries

Depending on your destination, you should check with your airline to ensure that travel to that destination has not been affected. Currently, most major airlines have suspended travel to mainland China and others have reduced the number of flights to destinations such as Japan, Italy, and South Korea due to outbreaks of the Novel Coronavirus, or COVID-19.
The U.S. State Department has issued a travel advisory recommending not traveling to China, reconsidering travel to Italy and South Korea, and exercising increased caution when traveling to Japan and Hong Kong. Visit the State Department site for additional travel advisories.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued Level 3 travel health advisories for several countries—currently China, Italy, Iran, and South Korea—which recommend avoiding nonessential travel. It has issued a Level 2 advisory for Japan, asking people to practice enhanced precautions if traveling there. Visit the travel notices page at CDC for updates. Several airlines are waiving change fees for passengers changing their flights due to the outbreak. Check with your airline for details on changing or canceling your flight.

Returning to Dallas

According to Dallas County Health and Human Services, travelers arriving in the United States from Level 3 Travel Health Notice countries (currently Italy, China, Iran, and South Korea) will be asked to do the following:
Stay home for 14 days from the time you left an area with widespread, ongoing community spread of the virus and practice social distancing, practice social distancing and take these steps to monitor your health:
Take your temperature with a thermometer two times a day and monitor for fever. Also watch for cough or trouble breathing.

Stay home and avoid contact with others. Do not go to work or school for this 14-day period. Discuss your work situation with your employer before returning to work. Do not take public transportation, taxis, or ride-shares during the time you are practicing social distancing.
Avoid crowded places (such as shopping centers and movie theaters) and limit your activities in public.
Keep your distance from others (about 6 feet or 2 meters).
If you get sick with fever (100.4°F/38°C or higher), cough, or have trouble breathing:
Seek medical care. Call ahead before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room.
Tell your doctor about your recent travel and your symptoms. Avoid contact with others.

For a quick reference about what to do if you feel you have symptoms, download this guide.

If you need to seek medical care for other reasons, such as dialysis, call ahead to your doctor and tell them about your recent travel to an area with widespread or ongoing community spread of COVID-19.

Travel within the United States

If traveling to areas within the United States that have reported cases of Coronavirus, exercise caution. If you feel symptoms similar to those described for Coronavirus during travel or upon returning to Dallas, the general recommendation is to contact a medical professional and follow instructions.

District cleaning and disinfecting precautions

In an abundance of caution, Dallas ISD will be working with two approved vendors to deep clean and disinfect all campuses and other district facilities during spring break.
General precautions while traveling
While traveling by airplane, train or bus, the CDC recommends continuing good hygiene practices.
Routine handwashing (at least 20 seconds) with soap and water after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose, after using the restroom, and before you consume any food and beverages.
If washing your hands is not practical, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer (containing at least 60% alcohol).
Wipe down surfaces such as hand rests, metal seatbelt buckles and tray tables with sanitizing wipes when available and allow to air dry according to packaging specifications.
For specific travel information, updates and recommendations, visit the CDC travel information page.
Information Regarding the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Dallas ISD Health Services and other departments are closely monitoring the progress of the Novel Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, and following the advice of the CDC and the Dallas County Public Health Department to prepare for any eventuality. Out of an abundance of caution, school nurses have received direction and guidelines to follow if children or staff report to school with flu-like symptoms.

In addition, all district cleaning crews have been asked to enhance efforts in all schools and district office buildings and school bus drivers have been asked to clean bus interiors. The district has on call large-scale outside vendors that can deep-clean classrooms or entire schools if necessary.

This site contains resources available to staff and families with information about the illness and tips to prevent respiratory illnesses, including Coronavirus, from spreading. Dallas ISD is committed to the safety of all students and staff and will update this page with information as necessary.

The CDC describes COVID-19 as a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. Symptoms include fever, cough and difficulty breathing. It was first identified during an outbreak in Wuhan, China. Since then, it has spread to other countries.

The CDC reports there are currently several cases of the virus in the United States—most related to travel to China— but there have been no confirmed cases in Dallas County and the risk to our community is considered low.

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