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
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.
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!