Thursday, March 12, 2020
Boling ISD officials continue to work with local, state, and federal health agencies to help ensure the safety and health of our students and staff. School officials participated in a Texas Department of Health and Human Services meeting this afternoon with Wharton County officials, and state health officials confirmed that Boling ISD’s approach to the Coronavirus issue (see March 11th update below) meets/exceeds state recommendations. I acknowledge the anxiety and confusion that may come with school closures within other counties (Fort Bend, Harris, Galveston, etc.), but Pandemic Illness Response Plans are based on threat levels that are linked to cases within a school’s local area. Whereas some areas have experienced multiple confirmed cases of COVID-19, fortunately Wharton County Schools including Boling ISD currently have the lowest threat status of Level 1 (Alert Status). School closures are recommended when a school system’s threat status reaches Level 3 (Response and Mitigation). School officials will continue to monitor this issue closely and will follow direction from CDC and DSHS. Accordingly, there are no current plans to close school or cancel events. Boling ISD parents may choose to keep their child out of school if there is an extenuating circumstance such as an acutely immunocompromised child or immediate family member. These absences will be approved on a case by case basis by working with their school principal. Also, the deadline for perfect attendance has been moved up to Friday, March 6th to encourage those who are ill to stay at home. Again, school officials comprehend the seriousness of this matter and will continue to work with related agencies until the threat of this virus is gone.
Wednesday, March 11, 2020
Boling ISD officials are closely monitoring information and guidance related to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) and are following the direction of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Texas Department of Health and Human Services to help shield our students, staff, and community against the transmission of communicable diseases. Boling ISD is following recommended guidance including basic prevention practices, ensuring adequate supplies are available, disinfecting often, etc. Our school community can help stop the spread of a disease through personal responsibility, including hand washing, covering coughs or sneezes, staying at home when sick, seeking immediate medical attention if symptoms develop, and avoiding contact with other people if necessary. Absences related to this matter will be coded as excused.
Boling ISD officials will continue to work with local, state, and federal health agencies, all indicating that no action is required of school systems at this time. Until such action is deemed necessary, there are no plans to close school or cancel events. Acknowledging that clear factual communications can help calm unsubstantiated fears and rumors that commonly arise, information regarding infectious disease can be found at the verifiable sources below.