As stories about Ebola have dominated the news in recent weeks, we know you may have questions about what schools can do to keep students and adults safe from the Ebola virus. The President has made control of Ebola a top national security priority, and we as a nation have spent more than $100 million fighting this outbreak since the first cases were reported last March in Africa. Our national health system has the capacity and expertise to quickly detect and contain this disease and is working with states and school districts to ensure the safety of our students and school employees. As you likely know, the CDC is continually updating its information on Ebola; information that can be found online.
At this time, cases of Ebola in the United States have been identified in Texas and New York. While there is no immediate concern of an Ebola outbreak in our area, we encourage you to learn more about the disease, how it is transmitted and how it can be prevented. The Centers for Disease Control has prepared an excellent referenceavailable here.