Letter to Parents - Coronavirus Update on March 12
HEB ISD Community,
During Spring Break, HEB ISD administration and staff will continue to monitor recommendations from guidance shared by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Texas Education Agency, Department of Health Services, and Tarrant County Public Health about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The health and safety our students is and will continue to be our priority.
District leadership will participate in a conference call on Friday, March 13 with health experts from Tarrant County Public Health. HEB ISD will continue to work with educational leaders from around the state and will continue to keep you informed as we have more information.
For now, here are some answers to questions you may have.
- Exemptions from finals
HEB ISD is suspending the current exemption policy. All students 7th through 12th grade will be allowed to take a no-risk final in May. With a no-risk final, students have the opportunity to raise their grades with no risk of negative effect on their final grade. Taking the final can only raise their grade.
- Self-reporting and quarantine for individuals who have traveled to high risk countries
HEB ISD will continue to follow all guidelines set by the CDC for anyone who has traveled to Europe or any Level 3 country. The district will be sending additional information concerning the process for self-reporting after our call with Tarrant County Public Health tomorrow morning.
- Events involving large number of attendees
HEB ISD will make decisions and communicate about any change in events or activities involving large numbers of students and community members. In an abundance of caution, HEB ISD has decided that the Student Showcase will NOT be held on Saturday, March 21. If it is possible to safely reschedule the Student Showcase for later this spring, we will share that information in the upcoming weeks.
Decisions regarding public health, social distancing, and continuity of services should be made consistently and systemically across the K12 system because of the impact it will have for students and communities. HEB ISD leaders have been in constant contact with each other for planning purposes over the last several days and will continue working to get direction and understanding so that we can make the best decision at the right time.
All information previously shared with the community can be found at www.hebisd.edu/coronavirus. If the circumstances change, we will update this page with resources as we receive them
We encourage all students, staff, and families to continue practicing good health habits:
- Wash hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds;
- Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap is not available;
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then throw the tissue in the trash; or cough or sneeze into your elbow;
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands;
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick;
- Stay home while you have a fever or experience illness;
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
Thank you for your continued support as we work with leaders across the state. Our goal is to keep you informed and to update you regularly as health situations unfold. Please follow the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website at cdc.gov/coronavirus for the most current available updates.