Health Services and Information
Staphylococcus aureus is a bacteria that is often called “staph”. Staph is a common cause of skin infections. Staph is found on the skin or in the nose of healthy, as well as ill persons. At any time 25 to 30 percent of the population is carrying the staph bacteria. MRSA is a type of staph that is resistant to some antibiotics. About one percent of the population is carrying MRSA.
Most people who carry staph in their nose or on their skin do not develop symptoms. If staph gets into cuts, abrasions, or other breaks in the skin, it may cause infections. These infections usually appear as pimples, boils, or abscesses and are often mistaken for "spider bites."
Although MRSA is resistant to some antibiotics, there are others that are used to treat MRSA infection. Children with MRSA infection may require exclusion from the school setting when draining lesions are not able to be adequately covered with a dry dressing; however, if lesions can be covered by a dry dressing, children need not be excluded from school.
MRSA is most frequently spread by direct skin to skin contact with someone infected with the bacteria. It can also be spread by coming into contact with surfaces or objects contaminated with an infected persons wound drainage.
Preventive actions you and your child can take include good hygiene, proper hand washing with soap and water, keeping all sports equipment clean and not sharing personal items. If your child develops a sore or infection, which seems to get worse rather than heal, we recommend that you contact your physician for evaluation and inform the school nurse.
Your child’s health and safety is of the highest priority.
California Education Code 49452.7 requires all incoming 7th grade students to receive information regarding type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes was rare in children a few years ago, but is becoming more common, especially for overweight youth. The factors associated with increased risk for Type 2 diabetes are being overweight, family history of diabetes, inactivity and certain specific racial/ethnic groups. Healthy lifestyle choices can help prevent the development of this and other diseases. Visit the following California Department of Education webside for information: