FAQ | About the Coronavirus (COVID-19)


Important Information coronavirus

The Novel Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China.
Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death.
Standard recommendations to prevent infection spread include regular hand washing, covering mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing, thoroughly cooking meat and eggs. Avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing.
Patients with COVID-19 have had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of
  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
According to the CDC, the virus that causes COVID-19 belongs to a family of viruses called “coronavirus.” There are other viruses in the coronavirus family that can cause illness in both humans and animals These viruses can cause either mild illness like a cold or can make people very sick with pneumonia. This particular coronavirus has not been seen previously in humans. The virus is likely to be spread from person to person. Since the virus is very new, health authorities continue to carefully watch how this virus spreads.
While both these illnesses are respiratory viruses with symptoms of fever and a cough, it is recommended that anyone experiencing these symptoms visit a healthcare provider for diagnosis and treatment.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Wash your hands frequently.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in a covered trashcan.
  • If you do not have a tissue, use your sleeve (not your hands).
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
Cityscape Schools is following the guidance of Dallas County Health and Human Services, which is working closely with the CDC, local governments, and health care providers to prepare for and respond to the evolving COVID-19 situation.
Cityscape Schools has issued guidance for school nurses to use in identifying and assessing the health status of students or staff who are experiencing flu-like symptoms.
The following resources are available to help the public stay informed about COVID-19.
The CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19. You should only wear a mask if a healthcare professional recommends it. A facemask should be used by people who have COVID-19 and are showing symptoms. This is to protect others from the risk of getting infected. The use of facemasks also is crucial for health workers and other people who are taking care of someone infected with COVID-19 in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
School closures are one of several options available to district leadership to control the spread of COVID-19 if recommended by the CDC or other health authorities. Currently, these authorities are reporting no cases of the illness in Dallas, where the risk of infection is low, so there is no current need to close schools. Cityscape Schools will continue to monitor the progress of the illness and communicate with parents and staff on an ongoing basis.
Custodial staff will perform extra cleaning of schools and district offices. If needed, the district has access to large-scale outside vendors who can deep-clean classrooms and schools. Counselors are prepared to conduct guidance lessons with students, and information will be shared with school staffs on how to speak to students about the disease.