Steps to Address MRSA

The safety and well-being of students is of the utmost concern in our district. As a result of heightened awareness regarding MRSA and similar antibiotic-resistant skin infections, our Health Services office has created procedures to enact if a student is diagnosed with MRSA or a similar condition. This procedure is included below. The Snohomish Health District also has a Q-n-A and additional resources posted to its website, located at

Note: The following procedure was developed in consultation with Snohomish Health District.

When a case of MRSA, or a staph skin infection that is resistant to some antibiotics, is indentified in our schools, the building nurse needs to be notified.

  • If the School Nurse is available, she will visually assess the physical condition of the student.
  • The School Nurse will contact the family to assess their level of knowledge and level of medical intervention.
  • The School Nurse will determine if a consultation is needed with Snohomish Health District Communicable Disease for further instructions. Our district's policy is to follow their recommendations.

Normally, the student is allowed to attend school as long as lesion(s) are covered and not draining and the student is receiving appropriate medical treatment.

  • Lesions on the extremities are also acceptable as long as they are covered and not draining.
  • The medical provider who gave the diagnosis is a valuable resource when determining if the student can attend school. Consultation with the provider is recommended if there are concerns.

We will communicate with parents/guardians as directed by the Snohomish Health District, typically when there appears to be a serious risk of transmission taking place in the classroom/school.

When a case of MRSA is present in a classroom or other learning environment (e.g. gymnasium or weight room), the School Nurse will coordinate with the custodial staff and appropriate cleaning measures will be enacted.

MRSA is not a disease that requires reporting to the health department. We also protect student privacy around medical/health conditions.

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