APS Communicable Disease Update
October 17, 2014
Dear Parents, Guardians and Students:
you have seen on local, national and international news this week, health
authorities around the world are working to control an outbreak of Ebola virus
disease in several countries in West Africa.
there is no outbreak reported in Georgia, Atlanta Public Schools (APS)
understands that many parents may have questions about the precautions being
taken by the district as it relates to this virus. The APS Health Services
Office is collaborating with the local counties boards of Health, Georgia
Department of Public Health, the Georgia Department of Education and the U.S.
Department of Education to ensure that we are taking the appropriate actions
regarding this issue. They all work in
conjunction with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
has an established protocol
for identifying and reporting communicable diseases in our schools. We will continue to follow this protocol, as
well as the Georgia Department of Public Health’s Ebola Guidance for Schools.
Department of Public
Health has advised all school districts in Georgia to be aware of students
and their families who have traveled to Ebola-affected areas within the
previous 21 days.
encourage all of our parents, staff, teachers and families to continue good
general health prevention and hygiene practices and to monitor the well-being
of themselves and their children. If
you, your child or any member of your family experiences
any of the known signs and symptoms of Ebola or any communicable disease,
immediately contact your personal physician or closest health facility. Parents with a concern about exposure or any
questions should also contact our nursing services managers for Atlanta
Woolridge, RN, (firstname.lastname@example.org), (404) 802-2678
Chaney, RN, (email@example.com), (404) 802-2674
continue to monitor this issue daily and are prepared to adjust our procedures
should public health officials provide new information.
Assistant Superintendent of Student Services
Atlanta Public Schools