The safety and well-being of your sons is always our priority. Just as you and your families have been following the news and reports from health officials worldwide, Jesuit Dallas continues to monitor closely the continuing developments regarding the novel coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19).
We certainly understand how news of the outbreak, especially reports of cases within the United States, is concerning. The health of our community is paramount, and to that end, it is highly encouraged for us to take all of the precautions necessary in this developing situation, including hygiene etiquette, avoiding contact with sick individuals, and social distancing yourself if you are ill.
Please remember that it is also flu season and the following preventative actions should be taken every day to reduce the spread of any respiratory virus:
- Stay home if you are sick.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (sing “Happy Birthday” twice). If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Remember that handwashing is the strongest way to prevent the spread of disease.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands; germs spread this way.
- Cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze (use your upper sleeve if a tissue is not available).
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
While the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has indicated that the immediate health risk from COVID-19 for the general American public is low, health officials recognize that this is a rapidly evolving situation and that recommendations of the CDC and the U.S. State Department are subject to change.
The School will continue to follow our standard cleaning and disinfectant protocols, which has shown to be very effective at decreasing all virus loads. We will continue to monitor the situation and make decisions based on facts and with the health and safety of our community as the primary focus. We also encourage all parents and students to monitor the CDC website as it provides the most up-to-date information: Coronavirus Disease 2019.
Finally, I ask that members of our community continue to support each other, especially those who have loved ones overseas in countries severely impacted by the outbreak, and that we keep those facing the uncertainty of this disease in our prayers. We are grateful for your cooperation and will continue to prioritize the safety of all of those entrusted to our care.