Students Bring Home Progress Reports, Letter on Staph Infections

November 28, 2007

Escambia County public school students will brought home their second nine weeks Progress Reports on Wednesday.

By Thursday, students should have also brought home a letter from the Florida Department of Public Health titled “Preventing Staph Infections”. The school district used its Connect-ED phone notification system Tuesday night to alert parents to be on the lookout for the letter.

The letter highlights ways to avoid a staph infection, and stresses the importance of frequent handwashing.

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To view the letter in pdf format, click here or on the picture of the letter.

The letter also addresses MRSA (methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus), which is a type of staph infection that is resistant to antibiotics.

“The Florida Department of Public Health does not recommend closing schools for cleaning when children have skin infections caused by staph because it is not an effective means of protecting children,” the letter states.

No staph outbreak has been reported at any North Escambia school. Two cases of staph, one of which was reported to be MRSA, were acknowledged about a month ago at Bellview Middle School in Pensacola.

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