The Collin County Health & Human Services Department? confirmed that a Wilson Middle School student has tested positive for the swine flu virus. This is the only confirmed case in the Plano Independent School District.
In order to limit the transmission of the swine flu virus and for the protection of students and staff, Wilson Middle School will be closed beginning Friday, May 1, and will reopen on Monday, May 11.
Plano ISD officials are working closely with Collin County Health officials to monitor any illnesses that are reported in our schools. The district is asking parents to keep children at home that are not feeling well. If symptoms are flu-like in nature (fever, achiness, coughing, diarrhea or sore throat), they should see their physician immediately for a flu test and report the findings to their school nurse.
Jeff Bailey, deputy superintendent, said “We made this decision for the well-being of our students, staff and families and as a measure to contain this virus. Other determinations regarding this situation will be made as necessary.”
Questions about this flu strain may be addressed to the Texas Department of State Health Services swine flu hotline at 1-888-777-5320.
Additional District Actions Related to Swine Flu
In light of recent events related to the swine flu, Plano ISD is altering plans for some student activities.
The district is complying with the University Interscholastic League revised competition schedule suspending all competitions until May 11.
As of May 1, Plano ISD is suspending all overnight student travel and field trips that occur both inside and outside of the district. These activities will resume on May 11, unless otherwise advised. School activities such as concerts, banquets and PTA events that involve only that school’s students and families will continue as usual. Wilson will not conduct school activities while it is closed.
With safety for our students being first and foremost across the district, Plano ISD has increased the frequency of disinfecting “high contact” areas at our schools.
Student absences related to the swine flu will be excused. This includes students whose parents choose to keep their children home as a preventative measure. These students will receive an excused absence and will be allowed to make up their work.
The district is monitoring this situation and is committed to making decisions in the best interest of our students and staff. Updates will be provided on the district website and through the school and district eNews.
Center for Disease Control and Prevention - Swine Influenza (Flu) Information
Center for Disease Control and Prevention - Influenza (Flu) Information