A list of what some school districts are doing to keep students safe from West Nile virus.
Argyle: Band students have been given mosquito repellant, nearby ponds have been treated.
Azle: Following Tarrant County Health Department and Tarrant County Emergency Management Office recommendations.
Birdville: School custodians and principals have been asked to check for standing water, where mosquitoes breed.
Carrollton-Farmers Branch: Students with a note from their parents will be able to be treated with mosquito spray.
Dallas: Maintenance crews have been asked to get rid of standing water.
Denton: Recommending the use of repellant containing DEET, wearing long sleeves and pants, avoiding outside activities at dawn and dusk. Staff are checking for standing water.
DeSoto: Encouraging students to spray on DEET and dress in appropriate clothing for any activities currently scheduled for morning or late afternoon. Staff are checking for standing water.
Ducanville: During the second week of August district fields were applied with an insecticide to help prevent the infestation of any insects. Staff are checking for standing water.
Fort Worth: Has information on the district website. Provided coaches and band directors with advisory materials as supplied by the above agencies.
Frisco: Encouraging staff and students taking part in outside activities to use insect repellent with DEET. Staff are checking for standing water. Insect repellent containing DEET will be made available as needed.
Grand Prairie: Staff are checking for standing water. Students will be allowed to come into the school buildings as soon as they arrive in the morning. Elementary schools will refrain from having recess before 10:00 a.m. Garden activities will not begin before 10:00 a.m. Secondary schools will refrain from going out to practice fields before 10:00 a.m. Field trips to the Kirby Creek Nature Center, zoo, and other nature-type areas will not begin before 10:00 a.m. Parents need to be notified and advised to apply repellents on their child and cover them up by wearing protective clothing (long pants, long sleeves, and socks), when taking nature trips. Students involved in extracurricular activities (early morning practices and late evening activities) need to be encouraged to protect themselves against mosquito bites. The District is sending a letter to parents asking permission for a designated school employee to apply a safe mosquito repellent for students involved in outdoor activities. This permission letter is only for students involved in extracurricular activities outside the regular school day.
Highland Park: Insect repellant with DEET is available for student groups practicing outside.
Joshua: Staff are checking for standing water and monitoring the presence of mosquitoes when students are outside.
Kennedale: Staff are looking for standing water. Have posted information about on the website for parents to review.
Lake Worth: Cutting shrubs and brushes on campus back and making sure there is no standing water on campus.
Little Elm: Increased the application of pesticides on school district property. Removal of standing water. Request that parents drop off and pick up their students as close to campus arrival and dismissal times as possible. Campus personnel will have access to repellent for students who have practice, activities, games and school events during the high-risk times of day.
Northwest: Educating staff, working with the maintenance department to eliminate standing water, and encouraging the community to take personal precautions and know the symptoms.
Richardson: Educating parents. Staff are eliminating water from accumulating on district grounds.
Rockwall: Searching and draining any areas with standing water. Encouraging parents to follow precautions.
Sunnyvale: Searching and draining any areas with standing water. Parents can ask that their children be sprayed with repellent with DEET.
Weatherford: Posted information on the district’s website.
White Settlement: Searching and draining any areas with standing water.
Wylie: Providing insecticide with DEET for groups that have to be outside. Posted information on district’s website.
*Information current as of 8/21/2012
Latest list of cities in Dallas County which have agreed to aerial spraying:
Latest list of cities in Dallas County which have opted out of aerial spraying:
- Glenn Heights
Latest list of cities in Dallas County which have not yet responded about aerial spraying:
- Balch Springs
- Cedar Hill
- Cockrell Hill
The city of Carrollton has opened a West Virus hotline. It is a recorded service with updates on the City’s West Nile control activities along with the locations and schedules for mosquito spraying.
- Carrollton West Virus Hotline: 972-466-3202
The Dallas County Department of Health and Human Services has asked people to use the D’s method when fighting West Nile:
- Use insect repellents that contain DEET
- Drain any standing water
- Dress in long, loose and light-colored clothing and
- Take extra care to use repellent and protective clothing from Dusk to Dawn.
For more information on West Nile Virus, follow these links:
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Texas Department of State Health Services
- Dallas County Department of Health and Human Services
- Tarrant County Public Health Department
*Most cities start spraying around 10:00 p.m. – check with your city for more information.
Here are a majority of cities and towns in our area and whether they spray mosquitoes.
This was the question: Does the Town/City of _________ spray mosquitos when there are positive tests for the West Nile Virus?
The following is a list of cities who said yes:
- Balch Springs
- Cedar Hill
- Farmers Branch
- Flower Mound
- Forest Hill
- Glenn Heights
- Grand Prairie
- Highland Village
- Lowry Crossing
- North Richland Hills
- Richland Hills
- River Oaks
- The Colony
- University Park
- Van Alstyne