From Superintendent of Schools Richard Rozakis

I am writing to inform you that one of our high school student-athletes has been diagnosed with MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus). The student is being treated at home with antibiotics and is doing well.

The district continues to take proactive measures to prevent the spread of this staph infection including thoroughly cleaning the locker rooms, gyms, and rest rooms with a disinfectant that is effective in eliminating MRSA.

The primary preventative measure is to follow good personal hygiene including frequent and effective hand washing and the appropriate care of wounds. Any student with an open wound or sore should be evaluated by a health care provider to ensure that it is being treated properly.

Understandably, this situation is a concern to all of us; however, the district is acting in a vigilant and proactive manner to maximize our ability to contain the spread of MRSA through a regular regiment of cleaning and disinfecting our facilities.

If you have any additional questions, we recommend that you contact your family physician.