There have been sporadic cases of MRSA (Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus) reported in Illinois, some among student-athletes. The health and safety of all District 211 students and staff is our top priority. We’d like to address any concerns you may have by sharing the following information.
Practicing good hygiene is one of the most important things to control and prevent the spread of staph and other infections. The Health Department recommends the following measures:
• Keep hands clean by washing thoroughly with soap and water or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
• Do not share personal items like towels, razors, or water bottles
• Avoid any contact with others’ wounds; keep cuts or scrapes clean and bandaged
Students participating in contact sports or other activities that lead to close skin to skin contact should take additional precautions related to skin infections and hygiene:
• Student-athletes should shower immediately following exercise, practice, or a game
• Do not store wet, dirty clothing in lockers
• Do not share towels, clothing, or uniforms, or other personal equipment
• Keep equipment clean; launder towels, uniforms, gym clothing, etc. frequently
• Keep cuts, abrasions, and wounds covered with clean, dry bandages
• Report any cuts, abrasions, or wounds to the coaching staff, trainer, and/or school nurse
Remind your child to take precautions. Good hygiene is the best defense against any illness. If your child develops a skin infection, get medical attention promptly.
If you have additional questions or concerns, please contact the principal’s office or your high school’s nurse.