Sulphur Springs Independent School District Superintendent Patsy Bolton sent out a news release late Friday afternoon regarding the H1N1 virus, also called swine flu, and how the district is preparing for a possible outbreak.
To date, there have been no confirmed cases of the virus in any children or staff member at SSISD.
The information outlines what actions SSISD officials have already undertaken as well as what they plan to do in the future.
The following is the news release in its entirety:
SULPHUR SPRINGS INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT
May 1, 2009
DATE OF RELEASE – IMMEDIATE
FROM: Patsy Bolton, Superintendent
Sulphur Springs ISD
631 Connally Street
Sulphur Springs, TX 75482
Telephone: 903-885-2153, Ext. 314
Superintendent’s Swine Flu (H1N1) Statement
We are keeping a careful eye on the situation here in Sulphur Springs and we are in contact with state and local health officials. At the present time, we have no confirmed cases of swine flu (H1N1). We have no plans to close schools at this time, but are alert and ready should the need arise.
SSISD Local Actions
1. Principals are monitoring student absences and we are keeping a running count.
2. Our principals are also contacting the parents of absentees to investigate the possibility of flu symptoms.
3. In addition to that practice, we are using the weekend to sanitize handrails, doorknobs and drinking fountains.
4. We have a link on our website with more information.
We also want you to know:
We will be alert to students exhibiting any influenza-like illness at school.
We encourage students, staff and faculty to stay home if they are sick.
We have an emergency management crisis plan in place should the need arise.
Through local media, we will keep families and the community informed about what the district is doing to protect students.
We will coordinate with public health partners here in Sulphur Springs and through state agencies. State officials are keeping track of school closings and we will be communicating with them should the need arise.
This is no time to panic or keep children at home unnecessarily. We are aware of the inconvenience to parents of closing school. However, when the safety of children is concerned, that is an option that remains open.
As I said, we have no confirmed cases of swine flu (H1N1) in SSISD. And, we’re taking every precautionary step to protect our students and to communicate with local and state health agencies.
For More Information Visit:
If you have additional questions about swine flu, you may call 1-888-777-5320.
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