AN OPEN LETTER TO ALL ELKHART I.S.D
STUDENTS AND PARENTS
“REGARDING INFECTIOUS DISEASES AND ILLNESSES”
Infectious disease – namely the Ebola Virus – is a matter of concern among all educators this week. At Elkhart I.S.D. we continuously monitor (along with our local and regional health officials) all potentially dangerous situations. We also have in Board Policy (FFAD-LEGAL) measures in place in the event any outbreak should occur. The District follows specific policies and protocols for students and staff who may potentially come in contact with any infectious diseases. At present, we have not been informed of and are not aware of any cases in our immediate area.
In response to specific infectious diseases, we may ask new students enrolling in our District or students traveling or who may have relatives traveling from regions know to have been affected by a contagious disease to respond to health related questions. Again, we will also continue to work closely with our local, state, and federal public health authorities to monitor new developments related to infectious diseases.
We are committed to keeping our students, staff, and community informed of potential situations, and will make every effort to share this information with all personnel. Historically, these communications have involved various strains of Influenza virus. In accordance with recommended precautions during cold and flu season, I encourage you to speak with children about the importance of practicing good hygiene. Below are a few general tips that you may find helpful:
--Avoid close contact with anyone who may be ill.
--Wash your hands with soap and hot water often.
--Do not share food or drinks with others.
--Cough and sneeze into your elbow.
--Use hand sanitizers and avoid touching your face with unwashed hands.
--Clean and disinfect all surfaces often.
--Seek medical attention when warranted without delay.
--Remain at home if ill or experiencing any symptoms of illness.
--Remain at home for at least 24 hours after high fever has subsided.
Additionally, please speak with your child concerning the importance of communicating accurately about infectious disease. Our students should understand that making false statements regarding the existence of illness or disease on a campus could cause an unnecessary panic, result in a false alarm, unnecessary absences and adversely impact learning. False statements are dangerous and could result in criminal prosecution. They are also not a “joking matter.” At least one student has already been charged with making such a false statement about his campus on Twitter.
If you or any of your family members should come into contact with anyone believed to have been exposed to the Ebola virus or experience any symptoms related to the Ebola virus (or any other infectious disease), we urge you to contact your healthcare provider immediately. The District takes all matters related to illness seriously, and we ask that you do the same.
Again, if you have any questions or concerns or wish to share any information you believe might be helpful, I hope you will free to contact my office at any time.
Ray DeSpain, Ed. D.
Elkhart I.S.D. Superintendent
ELKHART INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT
Office of the Superintendent
August 25, 2014
Students and Parents, Elkhart ISD:
In an attempt to portray our image of CLASS and CHARACTER to our community (as well as to our visitors and opponents), we will be adhering to stringent guideline for our Elkhart ISD students at all extracurricular events this year. We will ask this in both our APPEARANCE and in our ACTIONS.
Due to the fact that extracurricular events are school-sponsored events on school grounds, all Elkhart ISD student dress code and code of conduct regulations will be enforced by the administrators, coaches, and sponsors. Students will be asked to either sit in the bleachers, or stand in the area on the South end of the stadium. Pick-up games, running around, etc. will not be allowed inside the stadium or on school grounds (to include the softball field). Students failing to comply with code of conduct and/or dress code regulations will be asked to leave the stadium, face disciplinary actions, and forfeit game attendance privileges for the remainder of the season. Elkhart ISD students will not be allowed to go to the visitor’s side without a parent’s request and administrator approval. Any person leaving the stadium will have to re-pay to re-enter.
In accordance with University Interscholastic League regulations, we are required to provide the following in print for all students and parents:
“Only uniformed players, participants, security officers, and administrators will be allowed inside the fenced area. Any student, parent, or fan who taunts, insults, touches, abuses or harasses any player, coach, official or participant will be escorted from the premises. Depending on the severity of the offense, charges may be filed and the offender will be prohibited from upcoming events.”
Thank you for your cooperation, and we look forward to positive, sportsmanlike competition and a great year.
Ray DeSpain, Ed. D.
Elkhart ISD Superintendent