Staph Infection Communication Plan

November 16, 2007

Recently, doctors have been seeing an increasing number of patients with staph infections. Staph infections are presenting problems not only locally but also on state and national levels.

In an effort to keep the public informed about staph infections within the district, San Angelo ISD has implemented the following communication plan:

  • If an infection is reported which is NOT MRSA, a type of staph infection which is resistant to many antibiotics, a letter will be sent home to the parents of students who are classmates of the student with the infection. A phone number for those wanting more information will be provided in the letter.
  • If an infection IS determined to be MRSA, a letter will be sent home to the parents of students who are classmates of the child with the infection. A phone number for those wanting more information will be provided in the letter. In addition, a media release will be sent to all media outlets and a designated spokesperson will be available for comment.

The district recommends the following precautions for all students and employees:

  1. washing hands frequently
  2. avoiding contact with other people's wounds
  3. avoiding sharing personal items
  4. disinfecting and cleaning objects such as sports equipment before use
  5. keeping open or draining sores and lesions clean and covered

More information regarding staph infections/MRSA can be found on the Health Services section of our website.

For additional information, contact the SAISD Public Information Office at 947-3838, ext. 524.