October 24, 2007

Dear Parents:

The U.S. Center for Disease Control has issued an advisory relative to the recent spread of the MRSA (methicillin-resistant staph aureus). The MRSA bacterium is extremely resistant to antibiotics, which could affect the general population, with particular concern for individuals with hospital-related infections and student athletes. Representatives of our district attended an infectious disease workshop on Wednesday, October 17, where all types of infectious diseases were discussed, including MSRA. The Central Islip School District is committed to following the recommendations from the New York State Public High School Athletic Association, which include:

  • All athletes should shower as soon as possible after each practice and competition.
  • All work out clothes and uniforms should be laundered after each practice and competition.
  • Certain sports require the cleaning of equipment (i.e. mats) before and after each practice and/or event.
  • All students should use liquid soap not bar soap.
  • Students should refrain from cosmetic shaving at school.
  • Students should not share towels or hygiene products.
  • Students must notify parents and coaches about any skin sores and have those sores evaluated by a health care professional before returning to competition or practice.

The District’s coaching staff will be reviewing these safety precautions with all student athletes. Parents are urged to reinforce these measures with their children.

Staphylococcus aureus (SA) is a germ (bacterium) that frequently causes skin infections. MRSA is a strain that is resistant to certain antibiotics. MRSA was first identified more than 40 years ago and has steadily been increasing in frequency across the country. If medical treatment is indicated and an appropriate antibiotic is prescribed, almost all superficial skin infections heal. In rare cases, particularly in a person who has other medical conditions, more serious infection can occur. MRSA skin infections are usually not worse than typical staphylococcal infections in previously healthy school children or healthy adults. If you have any concerns about your child’s health or your health, you should contact your health care provider.

For more information about CA-MRSA, please go to 


Lawrence S. Philips

Director of Physical Education, Health and Athletics

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