Staph Infection Information
Arlington Public Schools is taking the following actions in response to recent staphylococcus (staph) infection information received from the Virginia Department of Health and the Arlington County Public Health Department.
- We are working very closely with Arlington County public health staff in the monitoring and sharing of information related to staph infections, particularly MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus), and the impact on schools.
- The public health department is also providing additional information on staph infections to our school nurses.
- Staff will be encouraging students to wash their hands before eating and after toileting.
- Public health nurses and aides assigned to each school will be monitoring any student illnesses or symptoms that might be potentially linked to a staph infection.
- A MRSA Fact Sheet (Spanish) for school personnel and parents has been developed and has been sent home via backpack mail.
Public Health, Facilities and Health and Physical Education administrative staffs are reviewing state recommended athletic equipment cleaning guidelines to determine whether changes are needed in our current procedures. Staff will make adjustments in our cleaning procedures, as necessary, as a preventive measure.
Finally we want to emphasize the importance of good hand washing, particularly before eating and after toileting. If you have health concerns related to your child, please contact your family pediatrician or notify your child’s school health nurse. For further information, please contact the School Health Office at 703-228-1650.