Information on the 2019 Novel Coronavirus

Dear Families,

 Plano ISD works to maintain a safe and healthy environment for students and staff. In this effort, the district follows the guidance of national and local officials to help protect students from communicable diseases. District officials are aware of the 2019 novel coronavirus outbreak first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Provence, China. Families are encouraged to visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website for more information. Based on information provided to Plano ISD, it is our understanding that there are no confirmed cases in Collin County. However, the district continues to monitor the situation and follow guidance from federal and/or state authorities.

 To ensure the risk of novel coronavirus spread in the United States remains low, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is implementing restrictions on entry into the United States from the People’s Republic of China. In a complementary action, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is implementing public health measures to monitor and quarantine entering travelers who are at risk of carrying novel coronavirus. These measures were implemented February 2, 2020, and are in line with the presidential proclamation issued by President Trump on January 31, 2020.

 The U.S. Department of State continues its Level 4: Do Not Travel Advisory for China. Based on this, commercial airlines have reduced or altogether suspended routes to and from China.

 All flights from China are being funneled through a limited number of U.S. airports to ensure consistent screening and handling of incoming passengers who may have been exposed to novel coronavirus. The CDC will require 14 days of monitoring or quarantine for entering travelers who are at risk for coronavirus according to CDC-established parameters. The CDC is updating and maintaining guidance on entry into the United States on its novel coronavirus website at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.

 For further information about novel coronavirus and healthy habits, visit the following websites:

 Plano ISD staff will continue to closely monitor this rapidly evolving situation. We will inform our community as we receive updates, information and resources. If you have further questions regarding PISD processes related to coronavirus or other contagious illnesses, please contact your school nurse, or the Plano ISD Health Services Department at 469-752-5991.

 Thank you for your partnership. Together, we can keep our community healthy and safe.