The Innovation, Design Entrepreneurship Academy (or IDEA) at Fannin (photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons).
After what the district is terming a “health incident” at the Innovation, Design, Entrepreneurship Academy (or IDEA) at James Fannin on Friday, miscommunications seemed to be rife as more than one person reached out to say that a student at the school had full-blown tuberculosis.
IDEA is high school housed in the former James Fannin Elementary building. It offers personalized learning, combined with mentorship and restorative discipline practices. It began in the 2015-2016 school year with ninth graders, and added a grade level each year. Its first graduating class will be next year.
Tuberculosis is spread through the air from person to person when an infected person coughs, sneezes, laughs “or anything else that causes germs to become airborne,” the Dallas County Health and Human Services Department FAQ sheet explains. “TB is not spread by casual contact such as shaking or holding someone’s hand, hugging, kissing, sharing food or drink or sharing items with another person.”
Sources told CandysDirt.com that a student had coughed up blood on Friday, and was hospitalized over the weekend. By Monday morning, some had heard the student had been diagnosed with tuberculosis.
However, Dallas ISD news and information director Robyn Harris said that while there was a health incident at the school, the student was not actually diagnosed with tuberculosis. (more…)