District says staph infection contained at NDMS
The North District Middle School Wolverines football team was forced to cancel the final game of their season due to concerns of staph infection.
Hampton District One Superintendent Ronald Wilcox confirmed Tuesday that North District Middle School canceled their final football game of the season due to an outbreak of staph infection amongst football players.
Eight students have contracted the infection, said Wilcox, who went on to describe the steps in which the district took to stem any additional infections spreading amongst students. The district recently received a $5,000 grant to purchase a high-tech cleaning system which allows disinfectants and cleaning agents to adhere to objects electrostatically. The boy’s locker room was treated by district custodians with special chemicals to kill the staph virus.
“We met with the parents of the football team that could attend, and we shared information with them. We told them we cleaned the locker rooms and informed parents all uniforms were washed with soapy water and to have their child checked if they display any symptoms,” said the superintendent.
Officials believe the outbreak is contained to the eight boys on the football team. Wilcox went on to say that HD1 contacted a school district which dealt with the same situation in the past, and officials there confirmed that District One’s plan of attack is the right approach.
The district now owns the electrostatic cleaning device, which is mobile and will be used to combat future illness outbreaks, such as influenza, within all schools.
Photograph provided by Hampton District One's Superintendent Dr. Ronald Wilcox.