East Texas schools hope for the best, but prepare for the worst

By Molly Reuter - bio | email
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TYLER, TX (KLTV) - School officials are doing everything they can. Tyler ISD officials have sent an email and a phone call to parents. East Texas school districts say they are doing everything they can to prepare for the worst.

"We have, as of Monday, we have increased preparedness, as far as, cleaning door knobs, desks, water fountains, door handles through the day," said Nancy Jones TISD's coordinator of health services.

"Just as in any illness, good hand washing at school, keeping your hands away from your nose, mouth, eyes and then just be aware of any flu symptoms," said Melanie Mills, a nurse at Grace Community School.

When it comes to preparedness school officials say it's really a joint effort. They are asking parents to make sure their children wash their hands at home... And if their children are sick to stay at home. Grace community school is taking it even one step further.

"We are recommending a note from the doctor releasing them to come back to school if they have fever, chills, cough any those symptoms, then we do encourage them to see their doctor," said Mills.

The nursing staff at Kilgore ISD met this afternoon and say so far East Texas has been lucky.

"There have been no cases, in fact, I was talking to my nurses today, and there were no reports of kids having fevers at this point, so we feel pretty good right now, but we are ready," said Bobby Wheeley, KISD Assistant Superintendent.

They are ready to send students home if and when, that times comes.

The school districts we spoke to said they are in close contact with the Northeast Texas Public Health District, getting updates as they happen.

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