Coronavirus: What you need to know

Coronavirus: What you need to know

Coronavirus updates  

https://www.esc16.net/page/Corona%20Updates 
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

March 17,2020 UPDATE 4:00 PM

District leadership is in daily communication with other districts in our region as well as the Texas Education Agency regarding the COVID 19 Pandemic. At this point we are weighing all guidance as we make decisions regarding school closure.  Other districts in our region are also in a holding pattern as these decisions are not simple.   As of today there are no cases in our area. We are working hard to make the best decisions for our students, their families, and our staff. We appreciate the community’s patience as we navigate these unprecedented circumstances.  Please continue to watch social media for updates.  


March 17, 2020 UPDATE

We would like to assure you we are keeping updated on the Corona virus during Spring Break.  We are following trusted services such as the Texas Department of Health Services and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.  Currently, these health officials believe the risk to our school community is low. 

If you have taken a trip out of the U.S. or a cruise, the CDC recommends a 14-day self-evaluation to check for high fever, shortness of breath, severe headache and coughing.  If you have been exposed to the virus or have travelled to China, Iran, Italy, or North Korea, you are required to serve a 14-day quarantine including no school or campus visits.

Health officials recommend schools and communities take the same basic precautions to prevent Coronavirus as we take to prevent the spread of everyday illnesses like the common cold or the flu:


• Wash hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds;
• Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap is not available;
• Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then throw the tissue in the trash;
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands;
• Stay home while you have a fever or experience illness;
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces

Borger ISD Maintenance Staff and custodians are working this week clean and disinfecting campuses to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus as well as other infections that can lead to staff/student illnesses.

 As of today, Borger ISD is still planning to have school resume on Monday, March 23rd.    If that changes by the end of the week, we will update this post. 

In the meantime, continue to practice good hygiene.  If you suspect you have been exposed to Corona Virus please reach out to your school nurse via email. 

 The District is working on plans to provide meals for students and educational resources for students to use at home in the event of a school closure.  Please monitor our social media and website for updates.  We will continue to keep you informed as updates become available.

March 16, 2020 UPDATE

As of today, Monday, March 16, Borger ISD is still planning to have school resume on Monday, March 23rd.    If that changes by the end of the week, we will update this post. 

In the meantime, continue to practice good hygiene.  If you suspect you have been exposed to Corona Virus please reach out to your school nurse via email. 

The District is working on plans to provide meals for students and educational resources for students to use at home in the event of a school closure.  Please monitor our social media and website for updates.  We will continue to keep you informed as updates become available.


March 13 Update


SITUATIONAL AWARENESS: There are still no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Borger ISD or in Hutchinson County.
BISD CLOSED FOR SPRING BREAK: BISD will be closed for Spring Break from March 16-20
TRAVEL ADVISORY: Official CDC travel alerts - www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html
EMPLOYEE/SUBSTITUTE TRAVEL: Borger ISD has announced that it will require ALL employees and substitute teachers to report Spring Break travel that includes CDC hot spots, airline and cruise ships, via the appropriate email by Thursday, March 19, 2020. Employees/Substitutes are asked to report their travel to the school nurse who will provide further guidance.
Paul Belton: griselda.miramontes@borgerisd.net
Gateway: casye.garcia@borgerisd.net
Crockett: abbie.cano@borgerisd.net
BIS/BMS: cheyenne.tracy@borgerisd.net
BHS: laura.kuehler@borgerisd.net
Central office, substitute teachers, maintenance staff, transportation staff:
abbie.cano@borgerisd.net
ACTION REQUIRED: STUDENT/FAMILY TRAVEL: Borger ISD is requiring all students/families to report Spring Break travel that includes CDC hot spots, airline and cruise ships, to the school nurse by Thursday, March 19, 2020.. The school nurse will provide further guidance.

Paul Belton: griselda.miramontes@borgerisd.net
Gateway: casye.garcia@borgerisd.net
Crockett: abbie.cano@borgerisd.net
BIS/BMS: cheyenne.tracy@borgerisd.net
BHS: laura.kuehler@borgerisd.net
Central office, substitute teachers, maintenance staff, transportation staff:
abbie.cano@borgerisd.net

ACTION REQUIRED: STUDENT/FAMILY TRAVEL: Borger ISD is requiring all students/families to report  
Spring Break
travel that includes CDC hot spots, airline and cruise ships, to the school nurse by Thursday, 
March 19, 2020..  The school nurse will provide further guidance.

Paul Belton:  griselda.miramontes@borgerisd.net
Gateway:        casye.garcia@borgerisd.net 
Crockett:        abbie.cano@borgerisd.net
BIS/BMS:        cheyenne.tracy@borgerisd.net
BHS:                  laura.kuehler@borgerisd.net


BISD will visit with families and share pertinent health department recommendations to determine if 
the student is cleared to return to school. The Texas Education Agency reminded school officials on 
March 6th that "districts and open- enrollment charter schools have the authority to request that 
students and/or staff stay home if there is serious concern about their current health, whether or 
not they pose a health risk to others in the community."

Cleaning/Disinfecting Protocols: Staff deep cleaning of BISD facilities is ongoing, even during 
spring break. BISD has protocols in place for the continuous deep cleaning/disinfecting high-touch 
surfaces such as door handles, railings, classrooms, student desks, bathrooms, weight rooms, 
computer keyboards and bus seats. Although there are no cases of COVID-19 in our area, the district 
is prepared to respond further should a confirmed case be tied back to our district in any way.

Health Clinic Protocols: Borger ISD has protocols in place for handling infectious diseases. Our school nurse’s offices are managed by registered nurses with the proper equipment and training to manage infectious disease cases. Students/staff showing symptoms of COVID-19 will be isolated and questioned about travel in the past 14 days. BISD will immediately notify the parents of a sick child and work to follow the recommendations of the health department.

Key steps in mitigating exposure:
• Educate yourself on the symptoms and prevention of COVID-19
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Limit contact with one another to within about 6 feet.
• Limit contact with those who are coughing or sneezing to avoid respiratory droplets in the air
• Limit travel and unnecessary exposure to events with large crowds of people
• Wash hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds;
• Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap is not available;
• Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then throw the tissue in the trash;
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands;
• Stay home while you have a fever or experience illness;
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
Coronavirus Resources/Web Links:
• Texas Department of State Health Services - https://www.dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/
• Travel Advisory - CDC - www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html
• US State Department Cruise Ship Travel Alert: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/before-you-go/travelers-with-special-considerations/cruise-ship-passengers.html
• Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) - https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
• Region 16 Updates: https://www.esc16.net/page/Corona%20Updates
Please continue to watch our social media and district website throughout Spring Break for updates.
• www.borgerisd.net
Thank you for your partnership in keeping our Bulldogs safe.
Chance Welch
Superintendent

March 9 Update
Borger ISD is actively monitoring developments and information related to the coronavirus (COVID-19).
  Our priority is the safety of our students and staff. Our Maintenance/Custodial Dept. is being proactive by  using specialized sanitizer in bathrooms, classrooms, weight rooms and buses.  All custodial staff also have specialized disposable sanitizer wipes.  These are used in classrooms as well as computer labs daily.

We have also encouraged our students and staff to ensure proper handwashing techniques by washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.

We are advising parents that if their student is sick, to please notify your child’s school and keep them at home until fever free for at least 24 hours without medication.

Borger ISD is following the (CDC) Center for Disease Control and Prevention  everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • 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 the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

We are encouraging our community to also follow these preventatives by posting links and PDFs on our website and social media.

Borger ISD is fortunate to have nurses at each campus to help us stay current on these matters and advise accordingly. 

The health of our students and staff is our highest priority at BISD.  Although, there are no reported cases of Coronavirus in Hutchinson county, we are going to honor the recommendations from the CDC and postpone the Borger High School Prom.  We will actively monitor the situation and post updates regarding the prom and other BISD events.  Thank you for your cooperation and support! 
The health of our students and staff is our highest priority at BISD.  Although, there are no reported cases of Coronavirus in Hutchinson county, we are going to honor the recommendations from the CDC and postpone the Borger High School Prom.  We will actively monitor the situation and post updates regarding the prom and other BISD events.  Thank you for your cooperation and support! 
The health of our students and staff is our highest priority at BISD.  Although, there are no reported cases of Coronavirus in Hutchinson county, we are going to honor the recommendations from the CDC and postpone the Borger High School Prom.  We will actively monitor the situation and post updates regarding the prom and other BISD events.  Thank you for your cooperation and support!