Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)

Recently, there has been mounting concern in our school communities about Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). This page will summarize the precautions your district should take and provide a summary of reference resources available.

Schools Should:

  • Instruct students and staff to thoroughly wash their hands and keep cuts, sores and other open wounds covered with a band-aid.
  • When MRSA skin infections occur, cleaning and disinfection should be performed on surfaces that are likely to contact uncovered or poorly covered infections.
  • Cleaning surfaces with detergent-based cleaners or Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered disinfectants is effective at removing MRSA from the environment.
  • It is important to read the instruction labels on all cleaners to make sure they are used safely and appropriately.
  • Environmental cleaners and disinfectants should not be used to treat infections.

The EPA provides a list of EPA-registered products effective against MRSA.