The health and safety of all students, faculty, and administration are of the utmost importance to the South San Antonio Independent School District. We are providing the South San ISD community with information about how we can stay healthy while the threat of the Covid19 virus continues.
The city of San Antonio has declared a public health emergency and is urging all citizens to practice good hygiene such as frequent hand washing for at least 20 seconds to keep exposure at bay. Other preventative measures are also included on our district website.
Information on the most frequently asked questions about the coronavirus, along with links to the Center for Disease Control, the San Antonio Health Department and the Texas Education Agency is available here.
This website will remain active as long as the Covid19 virus threat exists. Updates with the latest information will be placed on this website as needed with the mission of assisting the South San ISD community stay healthy.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Coronavirus/COVID 19?
COVID-19 is a new virus that causes respiratory illness in people and can spread from person-to-person. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the risk of COVID-19 to the American public is low.
There are many viruses in the coronavirus family that can cause illness in both humans and animals. Many are among people all of the time, and cause mild to moderate illnesses, such as the common cold.
Risk is based on exposure. When a new disease is circulating, it is natural for people to ask what they can do to protect themselves and their families.
What are the symptoms?
-Patients with confirmed COVID-19 infection have reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of:
-Shortness of breath
-At this time, CDC believes that symptoms of COVID-19 may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure.
How is it spread?
Human coronaviruses most commonly spread from an infected person to others through:
-Respiratory droplets released into the air by coughing and sneezing;
-Close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands;
-Touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes before washing your hands; and
-Rarely, fecal contamination.
What can I do?
-Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
-Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
-Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
-Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
-If you’ve not already gotten one, a flu shot is encouraged.
How are we screening for Coronavirus?
The nursing staff is being vigilant in monitoring for flu/viral-like symptoms to include:
-If present, a comprehensive assessment will be completed and the individual will be sent home to be followed up by a medical provider.
The nursing staff is also teaching and or reinforcing preventative steps:
-Coughing & sneezing techniques
What is the district doing to prevent the spread of a virus?
Cleaning crews are disinfecting high-touch areas daily with chemical disinfectants with misters and also applying by hand. Health officials say no additional cleaning measures are recommended at this time.
How is the district monitoring the spread of illnesses?
Our school nurses are monitoring any cases of upper respiratory symptoms experienced by students or staff and will take the appropriate steps to stop the spread of illness.
What preventative measures are being taken?
Cleaning crews are disinfecting all high-touch areas daily with chemical disinfectants with misters and also applied by hand. Health officials say no additional cleaning measures are recommended at this time.
When should I keep my child home from school?
If your child has a fever greater than 100.
Should my child wear a mask?
Face masks are not needed unless the doctor’s office recommends the student use this protective equipment. However, the choice to wear the mask is ultimately at the parent’s discretion.
What if someone exhibits symptoms while at school?
The nurse will immediately notify parents for medical follow up. The individual will be sent home. The student will need medical documentation with clearance for school and must be 24H fever-free.
Please keep up to date with the latest information by clicking on the links below:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
City of San Antonio Metro Health