The MRSA scare within GCS

The following is from GCS’ head of District Relations, Sonya Conway:

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As you may have seen in the national press over the past several days, schools across the country are dealing with an outbreak of staph infections. As a preventative measure, public health departments remind us to:

  1. Keep hands clean by washing thoroughly with soap and water or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  2. Wash any cut or break in the skin with soap and water and apply a clean bandage daily
  3. Avoid contact with other people’s wounds or bandages
  4. Avoid sharing personal items

Additionally, I have asked our schools to take extra care in ensuring that physical education/athletic equipment, locker rooms and exercise rooms be cleaned and sanitized regularly.

At present, the district is aware of two confirmed cases of the staph infection — at Northeast and Smith High Schools. Those infected are not currently posing a threat to others and are receiving and responding to treatment. For more information, please view the attached fact sheets from NC Public Health Management. If you suspect a case of the staph infection, please immediately contact your physician or health care provider.

Sonya Conway, Executive Director
Guilford County Schools – Department of District Relations
712 N. Eugene Street, Greensboro, NC 27401
336-370-8386 phone
336-574-3863 fax


Now, let’s hope that our schools have soap!

If you’ve been following this blog since last year, we’ve reported that many schools did not have soap in their bathrooms last year. We had several e-mails of teachers buying soap for the bathrooms.

E.C. 🙂


5 Responses

  1. I’ve always thought that having students provide necessities like soap and tissues was outrageous.

    … do GCS schools have SmartBoards, though?

  2. Most GCS schools are equipped with at least one SmartBoard, but again you have the issue of some schools having them and others don’t. People like to talk a good game of technology in the classroom, but in reality, it is merely just talk. And then you need to ask yourself if staff have the appropriate training to use this technology such as SmartBoards.

  3. I’d rather have soap and a healthy, safe environment than commit to expensive technology of dubious value. Unless, of course, an administrator is comfortable telling the parent of a child who has contracted a staph infection that their misery is an unfortunate consequence of a district-wide need to focus on shiny, pretty SmartBoards.

  4. As unfortunate as it is that people do not teach their children about good hygiene practices, it is a fact of nature that people get sick. Put soap on the supply list at the beginning of the year. It’s available at the $1 store.

    Technology is the basis of a service economy. If educators are not able to successfully prove that they can effectively preform the minimum of 10 basic computer processes* then they need to be trained or replaced.

    This is the way it is done in the rest of the economy.

    Put new computers in the schools, upgrade often, and make no excuses.

    Soap is cheap and readily available. Computers are not.

    It’s time to prioritize.

    *The Ten Basic Computer Processes

    1) Do you know how to turn the computer on and off correctly?
    2) Do you know the 5 basic mouse moves?
    a. Single click (left)
    b. Double-click (left)
    c. Right-click
    d. Drag
    e. Drop
    3) Do you know where the Accessories folder is and what is in it?
    4) Do you know how to customize your computer?
    5) Do you know how to build a basic flyer in MS Word?
    6) Do you know how to build a basic budget in MS Excel?
    7) Do you know how to build a basic presentation in MS PowerPoint?
    8) Do you know how to open an e-mail account and communicate professionally?
    9) Do you know how to perform effective Internet Research and cite it correctly?
    10) Do you want to learn how computers may be used as an educational tool?

  5. Jennifer,

    I agree that basics should be in every public school budget. There’s no excuse not to take care of such small problems – especially when the cost is negligible.

    “This is the way it is done in the rest of the economy.”

    If our nation’s public schools are going to commit to technology at all costs – and we shouldn’t because the value simply isn’t there for things like SmartBoards – I’d like to think that our standards would be stiffer than a list of skills that are 12 years out of date.

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