Pearland ISD follows the guidelines and expertise of national and local health officials to help protect our students and staff from all communicable diseases. The district is aware that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is monitoring an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China and has now spread world-wide.
Families are encouraged to visit the CDC website for more information.
The health and safety of Pearland ISD students, staff, and community members is vital. Please notify your child’s teacher if your child is ill and is temporarily unable to participate in learning or completing assignments.
Call your healthcare provider if you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing.
Here are some resources for you and your family if Coronavirus-like illness occurs:
Caring for yourself or others
If your doctor recommends testing for Coronavirus but you are having trouble finding a local testing center, or you do not have an established healthcare provider, please see the following resources:
There are facilities in Brazoria County capable of COVID-19 testing. Prior arrangements must be made at each facility in order to be seen. Please do not go to these locations without calling first.
COVID-19 Call Center for Brazoria County Residents:
For any questions regarding COVID-19, please contact the Brazoria County Health Department
COVID-19 Call Center
Monday - Friday: 10 A.M. - 6 P.M.
Saturday: 9 A.M. - 2 P.M.
Electronic Cigarettes (e-cigarettes)
"Vaping is becoming an increasing epidemic among teens. In 2018, e-cigarette use nearly doubled in high school students"(AHA, 2019).
This is a national trend. There is an educational handout created by the American Heart Association (AHA) to explain what e-cigarettes are, how they work, what they look like, why they are unsafe, and what parents can do. CLICK HERE
The CDC also has resources related to Electronic Cigarettes.
Flu season is here! Here's what you can do:
Stay Informed: TexasFlu.org is the DSHS site for flu information in Texas. Dial 2-1-1 for flu information and vaccination locations or use the Vaccine Locator to find out about vaccine availability in your area.
Get Vaccinated: Get a flu vaccination now. It's the best way to protect yourself and others.
Stop the Spread: Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or use hand sanitizer. Cover your coughs and sneezes. Stay home if you’re sick. Have a plan to care for sick family members at home.
What is Zika?
The Zika virus is spread through the bite of certain types of mosquitoes. While it can cause fever, rash, joint pain and red or pink eyes, about 80 percent of people with Zika do not become ill or have symptoms. Zika also can be spread through blood transfusions and sexual contact.
Should I Worry?
Most of Texas has a long mosquito season and many people travel to places where Zika is active. This means you have a greater chance of coming into contact with the Zika virus and potentially spreading it to your loved ones and other Texans.
Although rare, the Zika virus may also be among the causes of Guillain-Barré syndrome, a condition in which your immune system attacks part of your nervous system.
The Zika virus also can be spread from mother to child, if the mother is infected with the Zika virus during pregnancy. The Zika virus has been linked to birth defects such as microcephaly, a condition where a baby’s head is much smaller than expected and can cause developmental delays.
What Can I Do to Prevent Zika?
Take these simple steps to protect yourself and your loved ones from the Zika virus.
When You're Outside:
- Apply EPA-approved insect repellent.
- Wear pants and long-sleeve shirts that cover exposed skin.
- In warmer weather, wear lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that covers exposed skin.
When You're at Home:
- Use screens or close windows and doors to keep mosquitoes out of your home.
- Remove standing water in and around your home. This includes water in cans, toys, tires, plant saucers, and any container that can hold water.
- Cover trash cans or containers where water can collect.