St. Clair R-XIII School District officials believe they have thestaphylococcal infection situation under control at the high schoolas no new cases have been reported since a small outbreak occurredthere earlier this month.
Assistant Superintendent Mark Denbow told The Missourian onThursday that the number of staph infections remains at four, whichactually is one less than originally reported because one case wasnot confirmed by a doctor.
“I guess no news is good news,” Denbow said. “There are noadditional people who have reported having a staph infection.Hopefully what we’re doing is affecting the situationpositively.”
The four cases – all boys – were reported during the first fewdays of this month.
Since then, the district has ramped up its preventative measuresby cleaning and sanitizing the high school more often and morediligently. The SCHS weight and locker rooms now are being tendedto twice daily by custodial staff and all desks and doorknobs arebeing washed down once each day.
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“We will continue to clean and sanitize as best we can,” Denbowsaid. “We will continue to do what we’re doing with no settimetable to do otherwise.”
The assistant superintendent said the district uses Centra-Plus256 for cleaning and sanitation purposes, which is supposed to kill99.9 percent of all bacteria including staph/MRSA, H1N1 and othergerms. MRSA, or methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus, is aform of a staph infection.
“I don’t think we will ever be able to eliminate it completely,but we’ll eliminate it the best we can,” he said.
Shortly after the four cases were reported, the district onSept. 8 sent a letter home with high school students to inform themand their parents of the situation, tell them what the district isdoing as far as cleaning and sanitizing, and instruct them whatthey can do to help stop any new cases from popping up.
As far as the parent and student assistance, the letter statedthat athletic practice uniforms and physical education clothesshould be taken home and washed daily. Also, when students are inthe weight room, a long- or short-sleeved shirt is required with notank tops, cutout T-shirts or muscle shirts allowed. Open soresshould be cleaned and medicated daily and covered. Hand washingthroughout the day strongly is encouraged.
“We’re doing all we can to pay extra attention to this situationand to try to prevent it from
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