At Your School

School should be a safe place where children are able to learn and grow, not a place to worry about contracting a possibly life-threatening bacteria such as MRSA.

MRSA easily spreads in close quarters, so in places where students gather - like classrooms, school lunch rooms and locker rooms - it is important to take these steps to reduce the spread of the bacteria:

  • Scrub up - Wash hands for at least 15 seconds, or use an alcohol-based hand rub sanitizer, especially before eating and after using the bathroom. Make hand washing and/or hand sanitizer stations are available throughout the school. For more tips on effective hand washing, download the STOP MRSA Now Playbook.
  • Wipe it down - Use a bleach solution to disinfect hard surfaces, including desks, tabletops, doorknobs and light switches. To learn how to make a disinfecting bleach solution, download the STOP MRSA Now Playbook. (1 tablespoon of disinfecting bleach diluted in 1 quart of water)
  • Cover your cuts - Cover any nicks or wounds with a clean, dry bandage until healed. Teachers should refer students with open cuts to the school nurse.
  • Keep to yourself - Encourage students not to share personal items.
  • Use a barrier - Keep a towel or clothing between skin and shared equipment.

School health personnel, teachers and school administrators: You should notify parents of any suspected MRSA infections.

Parents: If you suspect that your child has a MRSA infection, you should contact a licensed health care professional, especially if the infection is large, painful, warm to the touch, or does not heal by itself.

For more information on steps you can take to reduce the spread of MRSA in schools, download the STOP MRSA Now Playbook.