Due to recent reports of staph infections among our students, we would like to report our findings, procedures, and response. Staphylococcus aureus (staph) is a type of bacteria and one of the most common causes of skin infections in the United States. Skin infections caused by staph look like pimples or boils and may be red, swollen, painful, or have pus or other drainage. Most staph skin infections are minor and may be easily treated. However, staph may also cause more serious infections of the bloodstream, surgical sites or pneumonia.
The first report to the school system was made at the beginning of the week of September 22, 2014. It was a report of a staph infection of a Thomasville Middle School football player. An e-mail was sent to all coaches within the school system notifying them of the report and giving them information about staph and instructions to begin the cleaning process of all athletic locker rooms, weights and equipment. This process has been completed. All teachers/staff have been informed to clean classrooms and equipment thoroughly and report any suspected infections to the school nurse.
We are continuing to monitor our students within the school system for signs/symptoms of staph infections. Please be aware that we continually stress proper hygiene, good hand washing, proper cleaning of classrooms and athletic facilities, and proper care of open sores and abrasions at school. However, we need the help of parents and students to prevent the spread of contagious diseases and infections by reporting known cases as soon as possible.
AT HOME: Please encourage good hand washing and hygiene as well. Instruct your children not to share personal items. Please cover any open area with a bandage that seals on all sides. If your child has a draining skin lesion that persists for more than a few days, please see a doctor. ALWAYS notify the school nurse or principal of any contagious infection. Together we can prevent the spread of staph infections.
If you have any questions, please contact your school nurse.
As reports of the enterovirus 68 (EV-68) increase around the nation, we would like to keep parents informed about signs and symptoms to monitor in their children as well as preventive measures we should all be taking to avoid the spread of EV-68. Symptoms of the virus can vary from mild to severe. They may include fever, cough, runny nose, body aches, and can become severe with wheezing and difficulty breathing. There is no vaccine for this virus, and treatment is dependent upon the symptoms a person is having. Prevention of the spread of EV-68 is very important and should include the following: wash hands frequently, cover your coughs, avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands, do not kiss, hug or share eating utensils with people who are sick, disinfect frequently touched surfaces such as doorknobs, and do not send children to school if they are sick. If you child has severe respiratory symptoms, please contact your doctor. You may contact your school nurse or your child’s physician if you have any questions. You can find more information at www.cdc.gov.
DID YOU KNOW SEPTEMBER IS NATIONAL ATTENDANCE AWARENESS MONTH?
TCS Students and Teachers Compete to Use Social Media in a Positive Way
September is Social Media Month for Thomasville City Schools! The goal is to promote the positive things happening in academics, athletics, extra-curricular activities, and student/community involvement. TCS wants to use social media to get the word out about the great things happening in our schools!
TCS now has a Facebook page, in addition to each of the school’s individual Facebook pages. If you have not “liked” these pages, please do so and share them with your friends. Our schools are also on Twitter and Instagram.
To promote positive use of social media, TCS is holding a competition during the month of September. Both students and employees have been invited to participate.
Students who use social media to promote the positives in our schools can win! There will be one winner in each category. Students may get to be “Superintendent” for a day and “out of uniform” for a week. Then they will receive recognition at a School Board Meeting and at a football game for having the “MOST School Spirit for the month of September.” Each student will become part of the Superintendent’s Student Advisory Committee. Teachers will explain the rules for the competition to their students.
Teachers who use social media to promote the positive aspects of TCS can also win! Dr. Adkison will become “The Employee for the Day” while the employee has a Teacher Workday. Employees may also be “Out of Uniform” for a week. Like the students, teacher winners will be recognized at the School Board Meeting and during halftime at a football game for having the “MOST School Spirit for the month of September.” The winning employees will have an opportunity to be part of the Superintendent’s Stakeholder Advisory Committee.
Both students and teachers will be tweeting, tagging, liking, sharing, snapping, uploading, friending, commenting, chatting, hashtagging, and telling everyone about the many great things happening in our schools.
The GOAL for the number of “likes” on Facebook is 3,000! Won’t you please help the TCS team? Together, we can achieve our goal of letting everyone know what a great school system we have here in Thomasville!