Campus Health Precaution

Burges Campus Health Precaution
Posted on 09/09/2016
Dear Parents and Family,

It has been brought to the attention of administration and the school nurse that there is a student with a confirmed case of a staph infection.  The source of the staph infection is unknown, however, the school has been diligent in cleaning and disinfecting related areas.  There are currently no other known diagnosed cases of a staph infection at Burges high school or in the District at this time.  General practice with staph infections is to treat, and return to school pending any further restrictions.  EPISD and Burges has the best interest in providing a healthy learning environment at all campuses, and will continue to monitor the situation closely.
Staph is a common bacteria that lives on approximately 30% of the population’s skin and it usually affects minor skin infections. It’s usually spread between people through close skin contact or sharing contaminated objects such as towels or razors. The head of epidemiology was contacted to ask about further information in a general sense. We have a single confirmed case of Staph and student was treated and cleared to return to school by their physician.  Staph is not a reported condition to the Health Dept. and as of right now we don't have a confirmed case of MRSA.
Burges has been working with all entities to make sure precautions were immediately taken. We are taking every precaution necessary to prevent the spread of infection. We encourage students and parents to practice good hand washing techniques and to visit the nurse if they have any concerns about an injury, illness, or medical situation. We ask for your help in assuring your student is also taking precautionary measures at school and home.

Preventative measures include proper hand washing, showering daily, keeping any cuts clean and covered, no sharing any personal items, and washing clothes and linens in hot water. Symptoms to look out for are any collection of pus, boils, soft skin swelling, abscesses, and tender, painful or reddened skin. If any of these are present please contact your pediatrician and inform us.

Your child's safety is our first concern!