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To Garland ISD Parents and Guardians:
It has been well publicized that a second healthcare worker was diagnosed with the Ebola virus and traveled on a flight from Cleveland to Dallas earlier this week. She was not showing any symptoms of the disease during her travel.
Today we learned the parents of four GISD students at two schools were aboard this plane with the healthcare worker. The campuses are North Garland High School and Schrade Middle School.
All parents have been in contact with the Center for Disease Control (CDC). Officials from the CDC have assured family members their seating location aboard the flight was in a no-risk area, no quarantine is necessary, and all students are not being withheld from school.
Both families are cooperating entirely with the organization. Administration at North Garland and Schrade are also communicating with the parents. Additionally, the district is working with CDC, Dallas County Health & Human Services (DCHHS), and city officials from Garland and Rowlett.
There are no other family members at any other GISD campus.
It is important to know individuals are not contagious until symptoms appear. GISD is taking proactive measures at both campuses - increased cleaning throughout the day, an intensive deep-clean this evening and an expert cleaning this weekend. Additional disinfectant measures are being performed at all GISD campuses.
The following information is available online:
These include frequently asked questions, how to talk to your child regarding Ebola, and timely updates. GISD is in ongoing communication with the Center for Disease Control and DCHHS. A hotline is also available for reporting concerns, 800-527-7140.
If another situation arises of a student who may have been exposed to an individual diagnosed with Ebola, the district will continue providing as much information as possible.
Superintendent of Schools
Is it safe for my child to attend school?
Your child is not at risk for Ebola while attending school. There is a possible risk for Ebola only if you come into contact with a person ill with Ebola. The eight Dallas schoolchildren who may have had contact with the ill patient were not sick when they attended school. They are currently at their homes simply to facilitate close monitoring of symptoms for the remainder of 21 days.
originally posted by: rickymouse
So what happens if Ebola is found in one of those kids in a couple of weeks. Can we as citizens of this country fire the CDC supervisor who authorized that letter?
originally posted by: nugget1
It doesn't really seem like the CDC is taking this seriously enough, either by lack of understanding and common sense - or by design.
All I can do is shake my head, and wonder why.
This should not be happening, and admitting it was 'mismanaged' a few months down the road will give little comfort.
originally posted by: itswhatev
a reply to: Meldionne1
we ONLY have 2 actual confirmed cases right now. THose being cases of actual transmission on US soil...BUt I just keep thinking the outbreak in W Africa only had 2 cases at some point too and now look... Its a virus that takes a while to get a foot hold and is slow to start but once it gets dug in, this particular strain seems to just really go at it. I think with the virus' ability to survive outside a host for so long, and its extreme virulence, we wouldnt need to see very many more cases before all hell breaks lose.