Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19 (March 10, 2020)
What is COVID-19?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Coronavirus disease 2019 (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 illness outbreak in Wuhan, China. Symptoms include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. More information can be found at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
Persons ill with COVID-19 have mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of fever, cough and shortness of breath (trouble breathing).
Is the District monitoring absences?
Yes, Rockwall ISD monitors attendance daily. Increased absences due to illness are closely monitored and communication with health authorities is made for guidance as needed.
What if I want to keep my child home?
Rockwall ISD will follow the Student Handbook and District policy regarding all absences.
What is the process in case my school closes?
The District will work closely with the Texas Education Agency to complete the necessary steps in the event of a school or district closure due to COVID-19.
How will parents and staff know if schools must be closed?
The District will communicate with our school community through social media, email, phone, mobile app, and website.
Should my school close for an extended period of time, are there alternate learning plans for my child?
Students will need to monitor their Google Classroom accounts for instruction from their teachers pending any school or district closure.
What can I do to prevent being infected or spreading COVID-19?
The CDC recommends the following steps to protect yourself and your children:
- Clean your hands often. Wash with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Practice social distancing by avoiding crowded places and keeping about 6 feet aware from other people.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cough coughs and sneezes with your sleeve or elbow, or tissue then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces every day, including tables, doorknobs, light switches, faucets, toilets, sinks, keyboard/mouse, and phones.
What is the District doing to clean the schools?
Our custodial staff clean frequently touched surfaces daily with an EPA-approved disinfectant that is recommended as effective against COVID-19 and many other illnesses. Custodial staff perform extra sanitizing measures in classrooms and areas where illness may be increasing.
Can my child bring hand sanitizer to school?
Parents are always welcome to send hand sanitizer, antibacterial wipes, and tissues to school with your child.
(Updated March 10, 2020)