Central Heights ISD Infection Control Plan
Below is the infection control plan we teach students and staff at CHISD. These same measures are encouraged at home for parents to practice with students; to help prevent the spread of everyday illnesses like the common cold, the flu, and all other infectious diseases.
• Wash your hands often with soap; scrubbing for at least 20 seconds, then rinsing with water (ABC song and/or happy birthday song x2). If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick; distance at least 3 feet.
• Stay home when you are sick.
• Cover your mouth and nose with the inside of your elbow when you cough or sneeze.
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces- personal room housekeeping, bus driver housekeeping. Our CHISD custodial/ housekeeping staff is current on CDC Heightened Surveillance housekeeping 3/2/20, DG, RN.
• Get your flu vaccine now if you have not already done so; a direct statement from our Centers for Disease Control; as a key preventative measure against contracting the flu virus. We are still in our influenza season. Educate yourself on the flu and the increased risks associated with contracting the flu.
• Stay away from shopping malls, movie theaters and other large gathering places if you are sick.
Based on the current information, health officials are recommending local communities and schools should take the same steps to protect against Coronavirus as we take to prevent the spread of everyday illnesses like the common cold or the flu. These health officials believe the risk to our school community is low at this time. TEA Update Feb 6,2020 Commissioner report per Sherri Wright ESC Region7/ DG,RN
Updated: March 6, 2020 CHISD Nursing Team: Nurse Debbie, Nurse Emily, and Nurse Stefanie
Information on the Coronavirus Disease 2019:
CDC Interim Guidance for Administrators of US Childcare Programs and K-12 Schools to Plan, Prepare, and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Central Heights ISD Medication Guidelines
Medications to be given to a student on a routine or as needed basis must be provided to the school in its original labeled container by the parent/guardian.
Prescription medication must be labeled with the student's name, date, dosage, expiration date, directions for use and prescribing Physician.
Over the counter (OTC) medication must be provided by the parent, in theoriginal container with expiration date, and correct dosages appropriate for age
and size of student indicated.
*** The only exception to the above stated is as follows: Central Heights ISD staff can provide first aid treatments and medications listed on our student Emergency Health
Care Permission form for needs indicated per W E Furniss II, MD and WILL NOT provide any other medications UNLESS provided by the parent/guardian.
Click here to access the Medication Guidelines Administration sheet. Parents can print and return to schoo, or the school office can provide a printed copy.
In accordance with Texas House Bill 1059 and to expand influenza immunization awareness:
Contrary to popular belief, the influenza season often lasts until mid-May. In a February 1, 2016 health alert, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that influenza activity is increasing across the country. Because the flu can have a significant impact on an educational setting, it is crucial that parents have access to flu information and resources year round. Even though most children infected with influenza recover with little to no complications, some cases result in hospitalization and sometimes even death. In the 2014-2015 flu season, 19 influenza- associated pediatric deaths were reported in Texas. No child should suffer like this: please encourage parents to get the flu shot for their children and for themselves. (Flu information on Campus Websites: Superintendent and School Administration letter sent February 8, 2016, from John Hellerstedt, M.D. Texas DSHS Commissioner and Monica Gamez, Texas DSHS Infectious Disease Control Unit Director)
To access Vaccine Exemption information and requirements follow the
links below within the Texas DSHS website:
Zika virus precautions:
Considering all the recent rain we have had and mosquito season being in full force, the Texas Department of State Health urges everyone to follow precautions to protect themselves from mosquito bites: