Medically Necessary Instruction

A student with a temporary disability that makes attendance in regular school classes impossible or inadvisable shall receive educational services as provided by the district.  You are requested to notify the school principal regarding your student's temporary disability and the need for individual instruction.

Facts About MRSA

MRSA Fact Sheet from the CDC

MRSA is methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, a potentially dangerous type of staph bacteria that is resistant to certain antibiotics and may cause skin and other infections. As with all regular staph infections, recognizing the signs and receiving treatment for the MRSA skin infections in the early stages reduces the chances of the infection becoming severe.

MRSA is spread by:

  • Having direct contact with another person's infection
  • Sharing personal items, such as towels or razors, that have touched infected skin
  • Touching surfaces or items, such as used bandages, contaminated with MRSA

Ways to protect your family from MRSA skin infections:

  • Know the signs of MRSA skin infections and get treated early
  • Keep cuts and scrapes clean and covered
  • Encourage good hygiene such as cleaning hands regularly
  • Discourage sharing of personal items such as towels and razors

There are many ways to prevent and treat MRSA. For more information, please download this fact sheet from the CDC: Download Document

Facts About Meningococcal Meningitis

Meningococcal disease is a potentially fatal bacterial infection that can cause severe inflammation of the membranes covering the brain and spinal cord (meningitis), or a serious blood infection.

 Symptoms

Early symptoms may include high fever, severe headache, stiff neck, confusion, vomiting, exhaustion and /or a rash. If left untreated, the disease can progress rapidly and lead to serious or even fatal complications.

 How it Spreads

It is spread through direct contact with respiratory secretions from infected persons through such things as sharing food, kissing, etc. Fortunately, none of the bacteria that cause meningitis are as contagious as things like the common cold or the flu. Also, the bacteria are not spread by casual contact or by simply breathing the air where a person with meningitis has been. Risk factors commonly associated with meningococcal disease include:

  • Crowded living conditions (dorms, camps)
  • Direct contact with secretions of an ill individual (kissing, sharing water bottles, food, lip gloss, cigarettes)

Anyone can contract meningococcal disease. However, studies indicate teens and college students may be at higher risk.

 Prevention

Parents should teach children to not share drinks, food, lip gloss, etc.  Parents should consider getting their children vaccinated.

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines for the meningococcal vaccination are:

  • Children 11-18 years of age should get one dose of the vaccine
  • The best time to receive it is between 11-12 years of age
  • College students living in dorms should receive the vaccine.
  • Vaccines are recommended for children age 2-10 years who have a damaged spleen or have their spleen removed or those with certain immune system disorders.

 Please contact your health care provider for questions you may have regarding this vaccination.

 Thank you.

Chico Unified School Nurses

Flu / Norovirus

As reported in the News, Butte County has an increase in Gastrointestinal Illness.

  • It is caused by a virus.
  • The most common symptoms are: Vomiting, Diarrhea and Stomach pain.
  • Most people get better in 1-2 days.
  • This virus can be serious for some, especially the very young, the elderly and those with other chronic illnesses.
  • This virus is found in the stool and vomit of infected people.
  • You can become infected by:

Eating or drinking liquids that are contaminated with Norovirus

Touching contaminated surfaces or objects and putting your hands in your mouth

Having direct contact with an infected person.

Parents will be asked to pick up students from school if they display these symptoms. We are taking measures to avoid the spread of germs, including encouraging the usage of hand sanitizers along with increased monitoring and cleaning of restrooms. Additionally, students can go to the Health Office on each campus if they need medical attention.

Basic precautions to help reduce the spread of this virus include:

  • Stay home when you are sick with these symptoms.
  • You may want to contact your doctor if you have a fever of over 100 degrees.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and warm water, especially after using the toilet, and before eating or preparing food. Dry your hands thoroughly.
  • Use an alcohol based hand sanitizer and disinfect contaminated surfaces with a bleach based household cleaner.
  • Stay healthy by eating a balanced diet, drinking plenty of water and getting adequate rest and exercise.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or sleeve.
  • Wash contaminated clothes immediately and thoroughly launder them.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth - germs spread that way.
  • Keep surfaces clean at home, school and work.

DO NOT RETURN TO SCHOOL UNTIL AT LEAST 24-48 HOURS AFTER SYMPTOMS GO AWAY.