Dear King Philip Regional School District Community:
While we appear to see Ebola issues being currently reduced you may have questions or concerns about how the epidemic affects our school. Please know that we are following all local, state and federally recommended precautions around Ebola and we want to assure you that your student is not in danger of exposure to this virus.
Here are some important things to know about Ebola:
Ebola virus is the cause of a viral hemorrhagic fever disease. Symptoms include: fever, headache, joint and muscle aches, weakness, diarrhea, vomiting, stomach pain, lack of appetite, and abnormal bleeding. Symptoms may appear anywhere from 2 to 21 days after exposure to Ebola Virus though 8-10 days is most common.
Ebola is much harder to spread than other diseases such as the flu. Ebola is not transmitted through air, water or food. It is only transmitted through direct contact with the bodily fluids of an “infected person” who has traveled within the past 21 days the West African countries of Guinea, Liberia or Sierra Leone.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is assisting with the active screening and education efforts in West Africa to prevent sick travelers from getting on planes. Also, airports in Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea are screening all outbound passengers for symptoms of Ebola, including fever, and passengers are required to respond to health care questions.
The CDC is monitoring people traveling into the United States at its 20 pre-existing sites across the country. Highly skilled CDC staff is on duty to respond to sick travelers who arrive at U.S. major airports, seaports, and land border crossings. If an ill passenger is identified, the CDC then takes immediate measures to prevent further spread, such as evaluating and isolating the patient and monitoring those who have had contact with the ill passenger.
The health, safety and wellbeing of our students is our top priority and we are committed to taking every step and precaution to ensure that remains true. We look forward to a healthy and productive school year.
In the unlikely event it is needed, our District has been provided with instructions and protocol which have been shared with all school administrators and health services staff.
Please refer to the Disease Control and Prevention’s website contains the most up-to-date information on Ebola: www.cdc.gov/ebola
Superintendent of Schools
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