We understand that this has been a challenging time for our school community as many balance career, family and childcare. As you know, the information regarding the prevention and spread of COVID-19 has been evolving daily. When Dawson ISD first announced school closing on March 13, there were 45 cases of the virus in the state of Texas, and as of this morning, only two weeks later, Texas has 1657 cases. Most are concentrated along the I-35 corridor from San Antonio to the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex. The CDC has issued recommendations asking the public to comply with directives to limit gatherings to ten people or less and has suggested schools implement multi-week closures to mitigate the spread of the virus. With these priorities in mind, Dawson ISD will be closing school for the remainder of the year.
Superintendent of Schools
Dawson Independent School District
The health and safety of our students, staff and community is a priority for Dawson ISD. In an abundance of caution, Dawson ISD has developed a plan to help limit the spread of COVID-19 should the disease continue and impact Dawson ISD or the surrounding area. There is certainly no reason to panic, but here are some things that parents and students can do to reduce the risk of contracting diseases like COVID-19.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
- Students or staff with fever will be sent home. The student or staff member will be required to go 48 hours without fever or have a Doctor’s note to return to school (This would be a change from current policy where students can return to school if they are fever free for 24 hrs.)
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- It is recommended that medically fragile students and/or staff, particularly those with compromised immune systems or respiratory problems, receive instruction at home or work from home.
If there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 within 25 miles of Dawson ISD, we will implement the following Phase 1 procedures:
- Strongly recommend that medically fragile students and/or staff, particularly those with compromised immune systems or respiratory problems stay home until the high threat of infection has passed or subsided. Dawson ISD teachers and staff will work to ensure that instruction for those students continues without interruption.
- Students and staff will be closely monitored for signs of respiratory infection, and students or staff with fever will be sent home. The student or staff member will be required to go 72 hours without fever or have a doctor’s note to return to school. This would be a change from current policy where students can return to school if they are fever free for 24 hours.
- Dawson ISD will increase the use of aerial disinfectants during routine classroom cleaning after hours. Disinfection of highly used surfaces (door knobs, water fountains and desks) will be increased to multiple times during the day. Buses will undergo the same aerial disinfection as classrooms.
If there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 in Dawson ISD we will implement the following Phase 2 procedures:
- Continue all procedures implemented in Phase 1.
- Home quarantine all students and staff who had close contact with the person who had the confirmed case of COVID-19 for a minimum of two weeks or until medically cleared by a physician. (If practical to do so, otherwise move to Phase 3 immediately)
If there are multiple confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Dawson ISD we will implement the following Phase 3 procedures:
- Dawson ISD would be closed for a minimum of 2 weeks or as recommended by local health officials.
- A thorough cleaning and disinfecting of all facilities would occur prior to a return to school.
- Dawson ISD will arrange to continue to provide meals for students.
This plan is subject to change based on changing information or as directed by State and/or Local Authorities.