Operation #SAFEdragon (Safety Awareness For Every Dragon) is a multi-faceted response plan that affects all CISD facilities and departments. The program includes a number of intitiatives aimed at fortifying buildings, ensuring regular training, communication and increasing staff and public awareness.
The goals of the #SAFEdragon program are to improve safety and security within Carroll ISD and promote emergency preparedness among students and staff.
NOVEL (NEW) CORONAVIRUS & COVID-19 INFORMATION
Updated 3.13.20 - Carroll ISD Closed March 16-27
SITUATIONAL AWARENESS: On March 13, 2020 the Tarrant County Health Department recommened public schools close for two weeks to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Carroll ISD will be closed March 16-27, 2020.
Following a recommendation from the Tarrant County Health Department, a number of public school districts in north Texas are announcing a two-week closure to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
After collaborating with state and county health officials and other education leaders this morning, Superintendent David Faltys announced that Carroll ISD will be closed March 16-27, along with the cancelation of all extracurricular activities and school events during the same period. This decision was the result of a recommendation from the Tarrant County Health Department. We will reevaluate the situation at the end of this closure before making any other long-term announcements.
The health and safety of our students and staff is a top priority. The goals of this announced closure are to help prevent the spread of disease and to give our staff additional time to plan for continuity of services should it become necessary for public schools to close for longer. We ask each of you to do your part to help prevent the spread of disease by limiting your attendance at social gatherings and large public events. Wash your hands regularly and isolate yourself if you begin experiencing symptoms like fever, coughing or shortness of breath. Information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Tarrant County Health Department is available on our website. The cancellation of mass gathering events can dramatically help flatten the curve for the spread of the coronavirus disease.
We acknowledge that an unexpected school closure creates a hardship on our parents and staff because of work, childcare and other considerations. But we hope you know our efforts coming to this decision have been done with the best interests of everyone involved. We also know and understand that for many low income students, school is the one place that they can count on for meals and support. To that end, we are all committed to taking care of our most vulnerable populations. Our staff will be planning and preparing to assist students who might need support during this extended closure.
Some Carroll ISD employees need to be available to work when requested during this extended spring break period. We will communicate directly with staff members regarding their specific roles and responsibilities in our prevention planning. Professional development originally planned for Monday is canceled. Please stay home and wait for forthcoming guidance from the district and your supervisor.
CISD will send a more personalized message to all Dragon families today and will be sharing a FAQ to help with questions you may have about this two-week closure.
We join City of Southlake leaders in a united effort to take whatever steps are necessary to protect the health and safety of our Dragon families.
CISD Leadership Team
Online Educational Resources for Parents
Updated 3.10.20 - First Presumptive Positive Case for Tarrant County
SITUATIONAL AWARENESS: On March 10, 2020 the Tarrant County Health Department announced its first "presumptive positive" case of COVID-19, the disease caused by the Novel Coronavirus.
The patient is a resident of Tarrant County and is currently under surveillance in a hospital in Fort Worth. Click here to read the TCHD announcement.
Posted 3.9.20 - Novel (new) coronavirus (COVID-19)
CISD CLOSED FOR SPRING BREAK: Carroll ISD is currently closed for Spring Break from March 9-13. Employees return for professional development on Monday, March 16 which is a student holiday. Students return on Tuesday, March 17th.
TRAVEL ADVISORY: Official CDC travel alerts - www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html
EMPLOYEE/SUBSTITUTE TRAVEL: Carroll ISD has announced that it will require ALL employees and substitute teachers to complete a travel survey prior to returning to work after spring break. The survey will be sent to employees directly from CISD on Sunday, March 15th and all employees will be required to participate in the survey. Employees/substitutes who have traveled to locations covered on the CDC travel alert website will be asked to self-isolate by the CDC/health department for 14 days and must be asymptomatic before they can return to work.
NOTE: STUDENT/FAMILY TRAVEL: Carroll ISD is requiring that all students/families who traveled in the last 14 days to a location on the CDC travel alert website, please email the district at CISDtravelalert@southlakecarroll.edu BEFORE your child returns to school on Tuesday, March 17th. CISD will visit with families and share pertinent health department recommendations to determine if the student is cleared to return to school. The Texas Education Agency reminded school officials on March 6th that "districts and open-enrollment charter schools have the authority to request that students and/or staff stay home if there is serious concern about their current health, whether or not they pose a health risk to others in the community."
Screening for New Student Enrollment: Beginning immediately, ALL new students enrolling in Carroll ISD will be asked about travel within the last 14 days in an effort to mitigate the potential spread of COVID-19.
Cleaning/Disinfecting Protocols: Staff deep cleaning of CISD facilities is ongoing, even during spring break. Carroll ISD has protocols in place for the continuous deep cleaning/disinfecting high-touch surfaces such as door handles, railings, student desks, computer keyboards and bus seats. Although there are no cases of COVID-19 in our area, the district is prepared to respond further should a confirmed case be tied back to our district in any way.
CISD School-Sponsored Travel/Trips: Carroll ISD currently has no school-sponsored trips planned internationally. There have been no restrictions or changes announced for domestic travel at this time except for the cancellation/postponement of the Emerald Belles cruise in late March. The district carefully considers all facts and consults with local health department officials before making decisions to cancel or alter student travel for competitions, field trips or other school-sponsored events. Social distancing has been practiced by CISD in the past, but is not currently in place. The district’s decision to cancel/postpone the Emerald Belles cruise was made following a newly released cruise ship advisory by the US State Department. Details on the decision will also be sent directly to our Emerald Belle families.
Health Clinic Protocols: Carroll ISD has protocols in place for handling infectious diseases. Our school health clinics are managed by registered nurses with the proper equipment and training to manage infectious disease cases. Students/staff showing symptoms of COVID-19 will be isolated and questioned about travel in the past 14 days. CISD will immediately notify the parents of a sick child and work to follow the recommendations of the health department.
Continuity of Services: Carroll ISD has a plan in place to manage through potential school closures should the situation warrant such action. This includes a plan for continuity of services including ongoing communication with staff and families, as well as offering some online instruction to keep students occupied/learning and any necessary actions to continue paying employees.
Key steps in mitigating exposure:
- Educate yourself on the symptoms and prevention of COVID-19
- Limit travel and exposure to events with large crowds of people
- Wash hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds;
- Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap is not available;
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then throw the tissue in the trash;
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands;
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick;
- Stay home while you have a fever or experience illness;
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
Coronavirus Resources/Web Links:
- Tarrant County Public Health - https://www.tarrantcounty.com/en/public-health.html
- Texas Department of State Health Services - https://www.dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/
- Travel Advisory - CDC - www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html
- US State Department Cruise Ship Travel Alert: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/before-you-go/travelers-with-special-considerations/cruise-ship-passengers.html
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) - https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
- Tarrant County Health Dept. Coronavirus Fact Sheet
- CISD Health Services Website
- City of Southlake - Protect Southlake Website
Important Communications from CISD
- Spring Break Letter to Parents - (NEW) Travel Reporting Requirements - Coronavirus Update 3.9.2020
- Pre-Spring Break Communication - Coronavirus Update 3.2.2020
- Letter to Parents – Flu/Coronavirus Update 2.3.2020
The information below is standard and/or legally-required information provided each and every day on the #SAFEdragon website.
CISD follows state law, as well as the recommendations of the Texas School Safety Center in implementing best practices for campus safety.
Emergency Operations Plan - The district has a written Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) that includes the four primary areas of prevention, mitigation, response and recovery as well as 31 different crisis scenarios used for staff training and emergency response planning.
School Resource Officers - Thanks to a partnership with the City of Southlake, Carroll ISD has an armed, uniformed officer serving on each campus and two officers at each high school campus. These highly trained veteran officers build positive relationships with students and help ensure safety campuses for students and staff.
Safety Audits - In addition to the required campus and facility safety audits conducted every three years, the district periodically has independent safety and security audits using outside subject matter experts per the district's Strategic Plan. The last state-required security audit was conducted in 2017. In addition, CISD had an independent third-party audit of its surveillance camera and keyless entry systems done in 2016.
Safety Drills - The district conducts different types of drills throughout the year. Campuses practice each drill one time per semester with the exception of the Evacuation drill which is held monthly. The drills are Standard Response Protocols that include:
- Lockout drills
- Lockdown drills
- Shelter drills
- Evacuation drills
- Hold in class drills
#SAFEdragon Communications - We communicate via Twitter @Carrollisd, Facebook Official News of Carroll ISD, our Mobile Dragon App, and through our Connect-ED telephone messaging and email system. Information is also posted to our CISD website. Communications regarding health and safety are identified by the hasthtag #SAFEdragon.
Additional #SAFEdragon topics
Your child must be 24 hours free of fever without Tylenol or Advil and not throwing-up for 24 hours before he/she can return to school following an illness. Antibiotics must be taken for 24 hours before returning to school. If a child is sent home ill the child may return the same day if with a doctor’s release or if the child has been cleared by the school nurse.
Allergy Notice to Parents
Carroll ISD is an Allergy Aware District. The goal of Health Services is to protect the health and safety of all students while at school. Due to an increase in food allergies, undiagnosed food allergies, food intolerances, diabetes and cultural preferences, we are hopeful families will join and support our efforts to accommodate all students and become Allergy Aware. We cannot guarantee an allergen free environment, but we can abide by the CISD Food Allergy Management plan to minimize unwanted exposure to food allergies and discourage sharing of foods to keep our Dragons safe.
Carroll ISD restricts all peanuts and tree nuts from classrooms; this includes daily snacks, birthday celebrations and class parties. All food items brought into school for classroom consumption must be coordinated by the classroom teacher, be store bought and have an ingredient label attached to the packaging. Any label that states the following is NOT permitted in the classroom:
· “May contain peanuts or tree nuts”
· “Processed on shared equipment with nuts”
· “Manufactured in a plant containing peanuts or tree nuts”
· “Contains peanuts or tree nut ingredients”
For safe food options please visit snacksafely.com.
Health-Related News Monitoring/Communication
CISD remains in regular communications with the Tarrant County Health Department and will share fact sheets and updates with our Dragon community as information becomes available.
CISD has registerd nurses staffed at each school campus health clinic. The district closely monitors student illnesses and works with area health experts to ensure preventative and precautionary measures are in place to mitigate the spread of infectious diseases. Our nurses follow safety protocols in managing ill students in the school clinics. CISD's custodial and maintenance employees assist with extensive disinfecting and cleaning of classroom and common "touch" zone areas where students gather such as (cafeterias, restrooms, water fountains, locker rooms, etc.).
Hand-Washing and Cough Etiquette:
Two simple things that can help prevent the spread of infectious diseases are effective hand-washing and the use of cough etiquette techniques. CISD employees visit with students to teach them about proper hand-washing techniques to include soap, water and 20 seconds of lathering and rinsing. Signs are posted throughout our campuses to remind students and staff of the importance of hand-washing. Students are also taught proper cough etiquette by coughing into their elbow to avoid spraying the air or other people with germs. CISD keeps additional hand sanitizer and tissues for students to use in classrooms and commons areas.
Report Illnesses to CISD
Students, staff and parents are encouraged to report illnesses to the school nurse and/or campus principal. This helps Carroll ISD better monitor infectious diseases and student absences. CISD has protocols in place to manage those showing signs or symptoms of illness. These include reporting to the nurse clinic, taking and recording a student's temperature, using gloves, masks and other protective supplies to prevent the spread of disease and isolating the student from others to the extent possible until communication can occur between CISD and emergency contacts. Parents are encouraged to pick their children up as quickly as possible when they are called by the school.
Health Department/Centers For Disease
Please take a few moments to learn more about these important topics. Additional questions may be referred to your family physician or to your school nurse.
WHAT IS MENINGITIS?
Meningitis is an inflammation of the covering of the brain and spinal cord. It can be caused by viruses, parasites, fungi, and bacteria. Viral meningitis is most common and the least serious. Meningitis caused by bacteria is the most likely form of the disease to cause serious, long-term complications. It is an uncommon disease but requires urgent treatment with antibiotics to prevent permanent damage or death.
Bacterial meningitis can be caused by multiple organisms.Two common types are Streptococcus pneumoniae, with over 80 serogroups that can cause illness, and Neisseria meningitidis, with 5 serogroups that most commonly cause meningitis.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?
Someone with bacterial meningitis will become very ill. The illness may develop over one or two days, but it can also rapidly progress in a matter of hours. Not everyone with meningitis will have the same symptoms.
Children (over 1 year old) and adults with meningitis may have a severe headache, high temperature, vomiting, sensitivity to bright lights, neck stiffness, and drowsiness or confusion. In both children and adults, there may be a rash of tiny, red-purple spots. These can occur anywhere on the body.
The diagnosis of bacterial meningitis is based on a combination of symptoms and laboratory results.
HOW SERIOUS IS BACTERIAL MENINGITIS?
If it is diagnosed early and treated promptly, most people make a complete recovery. If left untreated or treatment is delayed, bacterial meningitis can be fatal, or a person may be left with permanent disability.
HOW IS BACTERIAL MENINGITIS SPREAD?
Fortunately, none of the bacteria that cause meningitis are as contagious as diseases like the common cold or the flu, and they are not spread by simply breathing the air where a person with meningitis has been. The germs live naturally in the back of our noses and throats, but they do not live for long outside the body. They are spread when people exchange saliva (such as by kissing; sharing drinking containers, utensils, or cigarettes) or when people cough or sneeze without covering their mouth and nose.
The bacteria do not cause meningitis in most people. Instead, most people become carriers of the bacteria for days, weeks or even months. The bacteria rarely overcome the body's immune system and cause meningitis or another serious illness.
HOW CAN BACTERIAL MENINGITIS BE PREVENTED?
Bacterial meningitis caused by Streptococcus pneumoniae and Neisseria meningitidis may be prevented through vaccination. The vaccine which protects against Streptococcus pneumoniae is called pneumococcal conjugate vaccine or PCV. This vaccine is recommended by the Advisory Council on Immunization Practices (ACIP) for children in the first year of life. Neisseria meningitidis is prevented through two types of vaccines. The first is a meningococcal conjugate vaccine which protects against 4 serogroups A, C, W, and Y and is referred to as MCV4. The second is a vaccine against Neisseria meningitidis serogroup B and is referred to as MenB.
The ACIP recommends MCV4 for children at age 11-12 years, with a booster dose at 16-18 years. In Texas, one dose of MCV4 given at or after age 11 years is required for children in 7th-12th grades. One dose of MCV4 received in the previous five years is required in Texas for those under the age of 22 years and enrolling in college. Teens and young adults (16-23 years of age) may be vaccinated with MenB. This vaccine is not required for school or college enrollment in Texas.
Vaccines to protect against bacterial meningitis are safe and effective. Common side effects include redness and pain at the injection site lasting up to two days. Immunity develops about 1-2 weeks after the vaccines are given and lasts for 5 years to life depending on vaccine.
Do not share food, drinks, utensils, toothbrushes, or cigarettes. Wash your hands. Limit the number of persons you kiss. Cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze or cough. Maintaining healthy habits, like getting plenty of rest and not having close contact with people who are sick, also helps.
WHO IS AT RISK FOR BACTERIAL MENINGITIS?
Certain groups are at increased risk for bacterial meningitis caused by Neisseria meningitidis. These risk factors include HIV infection, travel to places where meningococcal disease is common (such as certain countries in Africa and in Saudi Arabia), and college students living in a dormitory. Other risk factors include having a previous viral infection, living in a crowded household, or having an underlying chronic illness.
Children ages 11-15 years have the second highest rate of death from bacterial meningitis caused by Neisseria meningitidis. And children ages 16-23 years also have the second highest rates of disease caused by Neisseria meningiditis.
WHAT YOU SHOULD DO IF YOU THINK YOU OR A FRIEND MIGHT HAVE BACTERIAL MENINGITIS?
Seek prompt medical attention.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Your school nurse, family doctor, and the staff at your local or regional health department office are excellent sources for information on all infectious diseases. You may call your family doctor or local health department office to ask about meningococcal vaccine. Additional information may also be found at the web sites for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): https://www.cdc.gov/meningitis/index.html and the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS): https://www.dshs.texas.gov/immunize/PreteenVaccines.aspx or https://dshs.texas.gov/IDCU/disease/meningitis/Meningitis.aspx
Assistant Superintendent for Board & Community Relations
District Lead Nurse