UPDATE 9:40 P.M.: Belton ISD released the following statement:
While the state and local health departments have cleared these students to attend school, their parents have decided to keep their children at home for 21 days from the day that they took the flight.
Even though the two students will not be in class, I want to emphasize that the state and local health departments have determined that they are considered to be at extremely low risk.It is safe for your students to attend school.Absences will be unexcused.
UPDATE: Belton ISD says two students, one who attends Sparta Elementary and another who attends North Belton Middle School, were on the flight with Amber Vinson.
Bell County Judge Jon Burrows, Dr. Susan Kincannon and Bell Co. Epidemiologist Lacey Sanders will answer questions in a press conference set for 6:30 p.m.
BELTON, Texas -- A letter went home to parents of Sparta Elementary School in Belton on Wednesday saying a student was aboard the Frontier Airlines flight that was carrying Ebola victim Amber Vinson.
The letter read, "This afternoon we were made aware that one of our students traveled on Frontier Airlines Flight #1143 from Cleveland to Dallas on Monday and attended classes on Tuesday and Wednesday."
It was confirmed on Wednesday that Amber Vinson was diagnosed with the Ebola Virus.
According to the CDC and Frontier Airlines, the passenger did not show any symptoms during the flight.
The student who traveled on the flight is not showing any symptoms but is being monitored by the Bell County Health Department of State Health Services. Because of this, the school says that there is no imminent risk to the rest of the children.
The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is asking all 132 passengers from Frontier flight 1143, which landed at 8:16 p.m. CT Monday after a flight from Cleveland to Dallas-Fort Worth, to call the CDC at 800-232-4636.
Read the full letter below.
Your child's health and safety is our top priority at Sparta Elementary School.
When issues of concern are brought to our attention, we want to share that information with you.
This afternoon we were made aware that one of our students traveled on Frontier Airlines Flight #1143 from Cleveland to Dallas on Monday and attended classes on Tuesday and Wednesday. Another passenger on that flight has since been diagnosed with the Ebola virus.
It is important to know that individuals are not contagious until symptoms appear.
According to statements from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Frontier Airlines, the passenger did not show any symptoms during the flight, and the risk of exposure for other passengers on the flight was low.
The student who traveled on the flight is not currently showing any symptoms and is being monitored by the Bell County Health Department and the Texas Department of State Health Services. Because of this, there is no imminent risk to your child.
Please know that Belton ISD is in regular communication with the family and officials from the state and local health departments. We will provide more information as it becomes available.
For more information about the Ebola virus, please visit this link from the CDC: http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/pdf/ebola-factsheet.pdf.
Deena Cornblum, Principal
Sparta Elementary School