Frequently Asked Questions about the Coronavirus (COVID-19)
What is the Coronavirus or COVID-19 virus?
The novel (new) Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel (new) coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
Patients with COVID-19 have had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of
- Shortness of breath
How is the COVID-19 virus spread?
According to the CDC, the virus that causes COVID-19 belongs to a family of viruses called “coronavirus.” There are other viruses in the coronavirus family that can cause illness in both humans and animals. These viruses can cause either mild illness like a cold or can make people very sick with pneumonia. This particular coronavirus has not been seen previously in humans. The virus is likely to be spread from person to person. Since the virus is very new, health authorities continue to carefully watch how this virus spreads.
How will I know if I or my children have the flu or COVID-19?
While both these illnesses are respiratory viruses with symptoms of fever and a cough, it is recommended that anyone experiencing these symptoms visit a healthcare provider for diagnosis and treatment.
What can I do to prevent being infected or spreading the virus?
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Wash your hands frequently.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in a covered trashcan.
- If you do not have a tissue, use your sleeve (not your hands).
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
What is the district doing to protect students and staff?
Allen ISD is following the guidance of Collin County Health Department and the Department of State Health Services who works closely with the CDC, local governments, and health care providers to prepare for and respond to the evolving COVID-19 situation.
Allen ISD Health Services has issued guidance for school nurses to use in identifying and assessing the health status of students or staff who are experiencing flu-like symptoms.
What will the district do if someone at a school or office is diagnosed with COVID-19?
If both exposure and symptoms of fever or respiratory illness are present, nurses are instructed to inform the principal, isolate the individual, put a mask on the student and the nurse and contact Allen ISD Health Services for additional guidance.
Where necessary, cleaning and disinfection will take place in accordance with AISD Departmental Operation Procedures.
What are some other sources of information and updates?
The following resources are available to help the public stay informed about COVID-19.
- Collin County Health Department
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Texas Department of State Health Services
- Allen ISD school nurses and the district’s Health Services Department are also trusted sources of information.
Should my children or I wear masks?
The CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a healthcare facemask to protect themselves from respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19. You should only wear a healthcare grade mask if a healthcare professional recommends it. People who have COVID-19 or people that show symptoms should use a facemask. This is to protect others from the risk of being infected. The use of facemasks also is crucial for health workers and other people who are taking care of someone infected with COVID-19 in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
Will schools be closed if there is an outbreak of COVID-19?
School closure is one of several options available to district leadership.
What is being done to keep schools clean and protect students?
Custodial staff will perform extra cleaning of schools and district offices, and school bus drivers have been asked to clean bus interiors. When needed, the district has the ability to deep-clean classrooms and schools.
What is available for my student if they have fears and concerns about the virus?
Counselors are prepared to speak with students about their concerns.