As a precaution, the school district is making families aware of three recent reported cases of skin infections at the high school.
The reported infections were impetigo, a strep infection of the skin, and staph, which are both contagious. These types of skin infections can be spread through person-to-person contact, or through a break in the skin such as a cut or a scrape. Thus, they are commonly spread among student-athletes.
The affected students have seen physicians for treatment. Appropriate cleaning measures are being taken at athletic facilities and the school.
These types of skin infections can be treated with proper medical care, including antibiotics, but can also be serious if left untreated.
Good personal hygiene is the most effective way to prevent these infections. This consists of hand washing, proper care of skin injuries and infections, and avoiding sharing personal items such as towels or razors. Parents/guardians can help by reinforcing this message at home.
If you notice that your child has any skin rashes, please contact your family physician. Any confirmed cases should be reported to the school nurse’s office.
More information about these types of skin infections from the New York State Department of Health can be found at the following link – https://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/athletic_skin_infections/bacterial.htm.