Message from SISD Superintendent, Dr. Eddie Bland
Good afternoon parents, students, and community members, I know many of you have questions about the Coronavirus / COVID-19 and how it will impact our schools. We are doing our best to prevent and plan. We receive updates throughout the day from multiple sources and we send SISD representatives to the Scurry County Coronavirus Taskforce meetings. The task force meets multiple times a week and consists of over 15 professionals including physicians and staff members from Cogdell Memorial Hospital, Scurry County EMS, Scurry County Health Unit, and Snyder ISD. Thursday morning, I personally met with officials from Cogdell Memorial Hospital and the Scurry County Health Unit to hear the latest on the COVID-19 virus. On Friday, March 13th, we will hold a meeting with district leadership to discuss options and continue planning for a variety of scenarios.
Currently, the district is following the recommendation of the CDC and focusing on prevention. We will continue disinfecting the school buildings and busses thoroughly. Custodial staff is disinfecting high-touch surfaces and filling soap and sanitizer dispensers throughout the day. The E-mist disinfectant system is used in designated areas.
Will school be canceled? As of today, the district plans to resume classes on Monday, March 16th. We will closely monitor the situation, and should it become necessary to cancel school in the future, we will notify families via text, the Snyder Tigers app, email, website, local media stations, and social media accounts.
•What if I’m worried someone in my family has been exposed to COVID-19? If you feel they may have been exposed while traveling during Spring Break, please contact the Scurry County Health Unit or your physician for direction.
•What if my child is sick or I think they may be sick? Families should follow standard procedures for illness upon returning from spring break (and any time your child has been sick). •Fever: Students must be free of fever for 24 hours without Tylenol or Advil.
•Vomiting or Diarrhea: If your child is vomiting or had diarrhea, they should not return to school until those issues have been resolved for 24 hours.
•Students on Antibiotics: Students who receive antibiotics for an illness should wait 24 hours after the first dose of antibiotics and after the last instance of vomiting or diarrhea before returning to school.
Again, if anyone feels they may have been exposed to COVID-19 while traveling during Spring Break, please contact the Scurry County Health Unit or your physician for direction.
All of these guidelines apply to our staff as well. Because this is a developing situation, we will provide updates as soon as they become available. For more information on the COVID-19 virus, please visit the CDC website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
Eddie Bland, Ed.D. Superintendent Snyder ISD 325-574-8900