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Student Health Reminder & Update

January 27, 2020

En español

In Plano ISD, maintaining a safe and healthy environment for our students and staff is a top priority and a coordinated effort. The district works with the Collin County Health Department, as well as our students, staff, parents and healthcare professionals to manage communicable illnesses such as flu, and the same precautions are in place as we monitor the 2019 Novel (or new) Coronavirus. We all play an important role in managing flu season responsibly.

Schools help by:

  • Teaching and encouraging proper handwashing techniques.
  • Teaching effective cough and sneeze techniques such as coughing into your sleeve.
  • Posting signs around the campus as visual reminders.
  • Offering free flu vaccinations to staff.
  • Encouraging all staff to remain home when ill.

Parents help by:

  • Having their families vaccinated against the flu.
  • Encouraging that proper handwashing, sneeze and cough techniques are used at home.
  • Consulting their healthcare providers when flu-like symptoms begin. Symptoms include: fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, fatigue and nasal congestion.
  • Keeping children home when ill.

Students help by:

  • Washing their hands for twenty seconds with soap and water before and after eating, after sneezing or coughing into their hands, after using the restroom, after playing outdoors and any other times that their hands are dirty.
  • Using tissues when sneezing and coughing into their sleeves.
  • Not sharing food and drink.
  • Encouraging others to do the same.

The Collin County Health Department can help when:

  • Increased incidences of diagnosed flu or absences related to flu-like illness are noted in a particular school.
  • Helping plan and making suggestions for managing increased incidences in a particular area.

Update from the Collin County Health Department Regarding Coronavirus

“We are monitoring the 2019 Novel Coronavirus situation closely and receiving updates from the CDC. At this time, there is no guidance for schools to do anything differently. Schools should continue to practice normal flu season precautions, hand washing, practice cough etiquette, routine disinfection of high touched surfaces, and excluding children with fever until fever free for 24 hours. Schools should not be excluding returning travelers from China. Parents are encouraged to watch for signs and symptoms of illness in their children and other household members. Children with symptoms of the flu or a flu-like illness should not be sent to school.” 

More information can be found on the following government sites: