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Recommended Best Practices

Approved Healthy Foods

Cafeteria Inspection Reports

Chemical Hygiene Officers

Chickenpox (Varicella)

Chickenpox (Varicella) is a viral infection that causes rash, fever, coughing, headache, and loss of appetite. more

Diabetes and Glucagon

Healthy Weight


Lice, Head and Body Lice (Pediculosis )

Lice, Head and Body Lice (Pediculosis ) is are tiny insects that can live on the scalp. They can create a tickling feeling or a sensation of something moving in the hair, irritability, and sleeplessness. They are spread most commonly by close person-to-person contact. more

General control measures for head lice in schools are available online.

MRSA (Staphyloccal Infection)

MRSA (Staphyloccal Infection) is a type of staph bacteria that is resistant to certain antibiotics including methicillin, oxacillin, penicillin, and amoxicillin.more

Unless directed by a physician, students with MRSA skin infections should not be excluded from attending school. Exclusion from school should be reserved for those with wound drainage (“pus”) that cannot be covered and contained with a clean, dry bandage and for those who cannot maintain good personal hygiene. Students with active infections should be excluded from activities where skin-to-skin contact is likely to occur (i.e., sports) until their infections are healed.

Guidelines for Cleaning/Disinfecting

  • It is not necessary to close schools to “disinfect” them when MRSA infections occur. MRSA skin infections are transmitted primarily by skin-to-skin contact and contact with surfaces that have come into contact with someone else’s infection. Covering infected cuts, scrapes, or lesions will greatly reduce the risks of surfaces becoming contaminated with MRSA.
  • Equipment and surfaces should be cleaned with an EPA-approved detergent disinfectant. For a list of EPA-registered products effective against MRSA, visit
  • Athletic equipment should be cleaned with an EPA-approved detergent disinfectant or with a solution of 1 tablespoon of bleach to 1 quart of water between users. It is also important that surfaces underneath mats be disinfected. Athletes should remember to wear a shirt when using equipment and wipe sweat off equipment/mats with their own clean towel after exercising.
  • Uniforms should be washed after every use. Use hot water (140 degrees or more) and the laundry detergent you normally use. Dry on the hottest setting the fabric will allow. Bleach can also be used as an extra precaution. As a reminder, students should not be sharing personal items like uniforms, athletic gear, towels or toiletries.


Oral Health Information for Teachers & Schools