Health and Safety – Letter from Superintendent

Dear Friendswood ISD Families, 

The District is aware of a recent national news article where Dr. Nancy Messonnier, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, encouraged parents to call school districts regarding plans in the event of a possible coronavirus outbreak. 

At this time, we would like to remind parents and families that Friendswood ISD actively monitors for potential health issues within the District. Additionally, the District is working closely with the CDC, the Texas Department of State and Health Services, local governments, and health care providers across Galveston County to prepare for and respond to any potential coronavirus situation. 

As of February 25, 2020, there have been no confirmed cases of coronavirus in Galveston County and the health risk to the general public remains low. 

Should a need arise for the District to take action on any aspect of our district health and safety plan, we will inform parents and families through all District communications channels and local media. 

Currently, we are seeing flu cases in our schools. Parents and guardians can assist the District in preventing the spread of illness by not sending students to school if they know their child is not feeling well or has a confirmed diagnosis. Be mindful of the “24-hour rule” that states a student cannot return to school until free of fever, vomiting, or diarrhea, without the use of medications, for 24 hours. Flu can be contagious for 5-7 days after you start feeling sick. 

For further information related to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) we ask parents to visit the following sources of information as it relates to the disease.

https://www.dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-in-us.html

Common Flu: Guidelines for parents of children or adolescents with chronic health conditions:

www.cdc.gov

www.flu.gov

Thank you,

Thad Roher

Superintendent of Friendswood ISD