Redwater ISD School Nurses, helping kids stay healthy and in school!
Dear Redwater ISD Community,
We are working closely with local and federal health authorities to monitor the developing situation surrounding the COVID-19 coronavirus.
Human coronaviruses most commonly spread from an infected person to others through:
- Coughing and sneezing.
- Close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands.
- Touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes before washing your hands; and rarely, fecal contamination.
State medical experts indicate that the best ways to prevent the spread of COVID -19 are the same recommendations for preventing the spread of the flu:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol, if soap and water are not available.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Wash your face several times throughout the day.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect your home to remove germs: practice routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces (for example: tables, doorknobs, light switches, handles, desks, toilets, faucets, sinks & cell phones)
- Avoid crowds, especially in poorly ventilated spaces. Your risk of exposure to respiratory viruses like COVID-19 may increase in crowded, closed-in settings with little air circulation if there are people in the crowd who are sick.
- Avoid all non-essential travel including plane trips, and especially avoid embarking on cruise ships.
- Receive a flu vaccine if you are over the age of 6 months.
- Follow the CDC’s recommendations regarding the use of facemasks.
Human trafficking is a crime against humanity. We hope to create a culture of awareness, not fear. If you suspect Human Trafficking, call 911 or your local law enforcement agency. You can also call the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888.
What must I do if I suspect abuse or neglect of a child?
If a child is in immediate danger, call 911 or your local police department immediately.
Then call the Texas Abuse Hotline to make a report.
The Texas Abuse Hotline is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days per year.
(Report via the online reporting system for non-urgent situations only.)
A non-urgent situation means that intervention is not needed within 24 hours)
The flu (Influenza) can be easily spread from person to person. We are taking steps to reduce the spread of flu in Redwater ISD. We are working closely with the Texas Education Agency and local health officials to monitor flu conditions and make decisions about the best steps to take concerning our schools. However, we need your help to keep our schools open to students and functioning in a normal manner during this flu season.
Teach your children to wash their hands often with soap and water or an alcohol-based rub. You can set a good example by doing this yourself.
Teach your children not to share personal items like drinks, food or unwashed utensils, and to cover their coughs and sneezes with tissues. Covering up their coughs or sneezes using the bend of their elbow, arm or sleeve instead of the hand when a tissue is unavailable.
Know the signs and symptoms of the flu. Symptoms of the flu include fever (100 degrees Fahrenheit, 37.8 degrees Celsius or greater), cough, sore throat, a runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, and feeling very tired. Some people may also vomit or have diarrhea.
Keep sick children at home for at least 24 hours after being fever free without the use of fever reducing medications. Keeping children with a fever at home will reduce the number of people who may get infected.
Do not send children to school if they are sick. Any children who are determined to be sick while at school will be sent home.
For more information, visit the CDC web site here or call 1-800-CDC-INFO for the most current information about the flu. We will notify you of any additional changes to our school's strategy to prevent the spread of flu.
Precautions to remember when medicating children for flu-like symptoms:
Do not give aspirin or aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid) containing medication to children or teenagers; this can cause a serious condition called Reye's Syndrome. You can learn more about Reye's Syndrome here.
Children younger than 4 years of age should not be given cold medications without speaking with a health care provider first.
Many cold and flu medications contain pain relievers and fever reducers. Read the labels on over-the-counter cold and flu medications before giving or taking additional doses of Acetaminophen (Tylenol®), Ibuprofen (Advil®, Motrin®, or Nuprin®,) or Naproxen (Aleve®).
Remember, that pain relievers and fever reducers may cause a decrease in temperature over a period of time, but these medications do not decrease the ability to spread disease.