AISD teacher cleared to return to work after possible Ebola exposure

AISD reassures parents as teacher returns to school

ABILENE, Texas - A teacher from Bonham Elementary has been cleared to return to work Monday after being on a cruise ship with a hospital worker who came in contact with lab work for Ebola victim Thomas Duncan.

"The teacher that will return to school in AISD has been completely cleared," said Heath Burns, AISD Superintendent. "There is no threat of contagion in the district anywhere at this point and we don't anticipate the event of any threat in the future."

While on the ship, the hospital worker was isolated from all other 4,100 passengers including the Bonham teacher.

The worker was monitored and eventually tested negative for the virus.

The teacher was cleared by local, county, as well as national health officials to resume normal activities.

"All persons on that cruise ship were cleared," said Burns. "There were no identifications of the virus on the cruise ship or with any of the passengers."

To inform parents that the teacher was cleared to resume work, AISD sent a letter to parents informing them about the situation.

"The letter carefully states that there is no risk…" said Phil Ashby, Spokesman for AISD. "… The letter was necessary to let parents know that we are not trying to hide anything from them. We knew there were some precautions that they would probably want us to do in this case so we took them."

"We are all fortunate that there wasn't anything to worry about," said Ashby.

Although the teacher was cleared when the teacher arrived back in Texas, AISD took an extra precaution and gave her an extra week off.

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