Since Feb. 9, CHISD has been following the guidelines provided by Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) to help reduce the spread of the mumps. As of April 18, DCHHS has confirmed mumps cases at Cedar Hill High School, Ninth Grade Center, Collegiate High School, Permenter Middle School and High Pointe Elementary.
To help reduce the spread of the disease, the district has hosted four mumps booster shot clinics. Additionally, the district has increased cleaning efforts. At the three campuses with confirmed mumps cases, additional cleaning staff has been brought in during nights and weekends. To help kill the germs at all campuses, a special disinfectant has been added to the cleaning solution.
If your child has a fever or flu-like symptoms, keep them home and contact your health care provider. Also, encourage them to use hand sanitizer and wash their hands frequently. Each classroom has a hand sanitizer dispenser.
Those who have not received the mumps, measles and rubella vaccine are most at risk. Review your child’s shot record to ensure they have had two rounds of the MMR vaccine. DCHHS recommends a third shot, or booster shot, for those who attend a school where there have been confirmed cases.
If you have questions or concerns about your child attending school, please contact the school nurse at your campus.
District Protocol on Fever
To keep our school community healthy, we ask that parents follow the district’s illness protocol. Keep your student home if he or she has a temperature of 99.8 or higher and is suffering from one or more of the following: cold/flu-like symptoms, sore throat, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headache, swollen glands or rash. To prevent the spread of illness, do not send them to school. Your child must be fever-free for at least 24 or more hours before they may return. Students who require fever reducing medicine should be kept home. If your child has a fever or any of the symptoms listed above for more than 48 hours, seek medical attention immediately.
Prevent your child from becoming ill or spreading disease by doing the following:
1. Dress them properly for the weather.
2. Make sure they have plenty of fluids, rest and proper nutrition.
3. Teach them to cover their mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing.
4. Encourage frequent hand washing with soap and water. An alcohol-based hand sanitizer may be substituted when soap and water are not available.
Information About Mumps
According to DCHHS, mumps is a highly contagious viral disease that is spread by droplets when a person coughs or sneezes. Symptoms include fever, headache, swelling of the salivary glands, fatigue muscle aches and loss of appetite. With your help, we can reduce illnesses on our campuses. To learn more about the disease and to find information about where to get vaccinated, visit the following websites: