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Message from the Superintendent - Coronavirus and Spring Break Travel

Duncanville ISD families,

As we prepare for Spring Break next week, I wanted to remind you that the school district continues to monitor the Coronavirus (COVID-19), an infectious disease being seen across the United States with more frequency. This week there have been a few cases reported in North Texas, although none with connections to Duncanville ISD. We are partnering with the Dallas County Health Department, Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to stay informed and be prepared to respond.

During Spring Break many of our families and employees will be traveling. We are following the recommendations of the CDC and Dallas County Health to remind staff and families about federal travel restrictions to and from affected areas. The list of affected countries changes continually, and we encourage anyone traveling to monitor the CDC travel website or the Texas Department of State Health Services Coronavirus travel information website closely for updates. Today the countries with some level of CDC warnings or restrictions are China, Iran, Italy, South Korea and Japan.  

Anyone who travels to one of the CDC-restricted areas is being asked to self-report. Employees must self-report to their supervisor and families should self-report to their campus principal. Employees and families who visited the affected areas will be asked to adhere to the CDC’s 14-day social distancing guidelines. Health officials are not currently requiring a self-quarantine for asymptomatic individuals who had family members travel to international locations.

Our registered school nurses will have protocols in place to manage any students or staff showing symptoms, as detailed on the website at Duncanvilleisd.org/Coronavirus. We are working closely with health department officials to navigate this changing situation.

Keep in mind the simple healthy hygiene guidelines I shared in my previous message to help prevent the spread of illness. That information can be found on the district website along with this Frequently Asked Questions document

Thank you, and I hope you enjoy your Spring Break.

Sincerely,

Marc Smith
Superintendent