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Subject: How is your district handling MRSA in the classroom?
Date Posted: 10/26/2007 12:27 PM ET
Member Since: 3/4/2007
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I'm curious because right now there have been several cases in my state and it seems that every single district is letting parents and the press know when cases pop up and at which schools....except for the district I teach in.  Our superintendent seems to feel that this is none of the parents business and is refusing to allow us to send a letter home with students.  None of the districts in the area are seeing a drop in attendance at affected schools and most aren't even shutting down schools anymore, just disinfecting in the evenings, so the reasoning for not informing parents in my district are fuzzy.  Legally, this isn't a problem, but morally I find it reprehensible that we aren't letting the parents know to be a little more cautious since the virus has reared its ugly head in our classrooms.  What's going on where you are?

Date Posted: 10/27/2007 11:55 PM ET
Member Since: 5/6/2007
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ok, I know Ive been busy in the classroom, but seriously, I have no idea what you are talking about! I guess that means that my district has its head in the sand as well. Are you talking about that dangerous staph thing?

Date Posted: 10/28/2007 8:48 AM ET
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Yeah, that's exactly what I'm talking about.  School districts are shutting down all over the place to disinfect when there's an outbreak and I wondered how teachers here were being affected.  We have two confirmed in my school and they're doing nothing but applying extra Lysol to rooms housing those students.  No letters to parents, no public notice in the paper, nothing else.  I spend an hour in the evening before I go home scrubbing down my desks and everything the kids touch because one of the affected students is mine.  My student has had the infection 5 times and the doctor can't figure out why it keeps coming back.  She was on 2 anitbiotics last week and after 4 days had another outbreak of small boils.  The janitors can't get it through their heads that I deal with this child every day, so my room isn't getting extra treatment, which is why I'm having to do it myself. Typical, hit the gen. ed. classroom, but leave sp. ed. alone.  *sigh* 

Date Posted: 10/28/2007 10:20 PM ET
Member Since: 5/6/2007
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Wow, Im sorry to hear that. Here in smoky california, the outbreak isnt even covered anymore. The only news is about the fires!

Lorene

Date Posted: 11/3/2007 10:22 PM ET
Member Since: 5/13/2006
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I had two different opertunist infections and MSRA four years ago and almost died.  We encountered it via the hospital since my youngest was admitted all the time.  I'm not sure that people understand how dangerous it can be!