Recently, there has been some media coverage of staph infections, including a strain of staph infection known as MRSA. This particular bacteria (staphylococcus aureus) is resistant to many antibiotics.
Although there are no reported cases of MRSA in our school district, we are taking a measured approach toward reducing the possibility of transmission of any infection. C-RCS is undertaking the following precautions:
Students and staff are being reminded that hand-washing and good personal hygiene are the best ways to avoid infection;
Student-athletes are being directed to clean their sports equipment and refrain from sharing clothing, equipment or other personal items;
The district is making a concentrated effort to disinfect the buildings, with a special emphasis on locker rooms, showers, bathrooms and gymnasiums;
School nurses are knowledgeable as to the symptoms of MRSA and will contact parents if any suspicious infections come to their attention;
Food service staff continues to practice sanitation measures.
Additional information about MRSA is available at the following Web sites:
C-RCS encourages parents to learn more about MRSA and to work closely with their children to ensure proper hygiene, as well as cleaning and covering any wounds to the skin. Parents should remind children not to share such personal items as water bottles, towels, razors or sports equipment.
Parents or guardians who have concerns about their children's health should contact their family health care provider. If you have questions or concerns or would like additional information about C-RCS's precautionary measures, you should contact the health office at your child's school.
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