Staunton Community Unit School District No. 6


Dear Parents/Guardians:

Some of you may be aware of the recent cases of MRSA (methicillin resistant staph aureus) in the news. This is a staph infection that does not respond to common antibiotics. Staph normally occurs on the skin and only causes a problem when there is a break in the skin that is then infected with the bacteria.

MRSA can be transmitted from person to person through close contact. Transmission may also occur through the use of someone else's pesonal items such as clothing, towels, bedding, etc. Good personal hygiene (including bathing and frequent proper handwashing) is paramount in the fight against MRSA.

Infections with MRSA sometimes resemble spider bites or pimples. Usually a pus pocket or boil forms. The wound may drain of bleed (you may see mild fever). Please educate your student(s) regarding the signs and symptoms noted and encourage them to alert you of any unusual sores. If you suspect an infection with MRSA, see a doctor immediately.

According to local public health departments, the Illinois Department of Public Health and local physisians, students who are being treated for a possible staph infection need not be exused from school as long as the prescribed plan of treatment is being followed. Please be assured that the school nurse and the administration are taking an active role in this situation.

If you have any questions regarding MRSA, you may contact the public health department or you doctor, you may also access the information at any of the following sites.

MRSA Health Beat, Illinois Department of Public Health

MRSA Information, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Administration & Staff

Staunton Community Unit School District #6