MRSA case at elementary school
Granville school officials announced the discovery, during the February break, of a case of methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, identified in a student who attends Granville Elementary School.
Superintendent Mark Bessen said the district was notified Monday, Feb. 21 a student received medical treatment for the infection at the end of the previous week. Precautions, which are now standard procedure, were immediately undertaken, he said.
The school district website posted an announcement by Mary J. Tanner principal Kristie Gijanto on behalf of Bessen who was out of the district at a superintendent’s conference alerting the district to the issue.
Bessen said Monday, Elementary Principal Diane Dumas sent a letter home to the parents of the student in that class to allow them to be more vigilant and keep an eye out for signs of the infection due to the student having more direct contact with classmates.
Standard procedures developed within the district since MRSA became an issue would have had the student out of school for a period of time, at least until cleared by a doctor’s note to return, Bessen said.
In this case the February break acted as that time and the student is healthy and back at school without missing any class days.
The standard procedures require additional cleaning in the areas the student frequented.
“Fortunately, we got the notice when we were doing a lot of extra cleaning anyway,” Bessen said.
The break allowed school maintenance workers to perform additional cleaning at the elementary school.
“The maintenance crew has a very tough job during the winter making sure in closed up buildings they do all they can to do away with as many germs, like influenza, as possible; plus the teachers work with the kids on good hygiene habits, the (hand sanitizer gel) is out – but good hygiene will take care of most of what’s in the school,” Bessen said.
Unfortunately, Bessen said, this is unlikely to be the last time MRSA pops up in a school district.
“It’ll happen again MRSA’s with us, it’s out there,” Bessen said.