W.F.I.S.D. Officials Take Action After Staph Infection

Several Rider High School athletes have tested positive for a staph infection.  This news has Wichita Falls I.S.D. officials taking action.

Not one, not two, but three Rider student athletes tested positive for staph infections, all believed to have come from the school's locker room.

"They [three students] told the school nurse.  Our Director of Nursing got in touch with the Health Department.  We asked the Health Department to come out and swab the area to test if there was any area in the locker room that needed cleaning," said Public Information Officer for W.F.I.S.D., Ashley Thomas.

The infection was discovered on a Friday, early September and then over the weekend, custodial company, Aramark took over.

"They took the recommendations from the health department and cleaned the locker rooms thoroughly.  The ice machines were cleaned, everything was thoroughly cleaned over that weekend," said Thomas.

Since the staph infection and the deep clean, the Raider locker room has been in use.  W.F.I.S.D. has also since bought foggers that will be placed in all six district schools with locker rooms.

"It takes about 12 hours for the foggers to work, so we have to determine a time when students won't be in there.   We work closely with the coaches as well as the athletic trainers to make sure that they're doing their part as well as far as cleanliness in the locker rooms and students being in the locker rooms at the same time," said Thomas.

It is not known at this time, what sport the three athletes who had the infection played.

"We want the safest learning environment for all of our students and so we do whatever is necessary to make sure we're providing that," said Thomas.

The Health Department swabbed the locker room again, Monday, September 21st.  Newschannel 6 is still waiting to hear those results.

The three athletes who had the staph infection were allowed to stay in school.  According to W.F.I.S.D. policy, students with a staph infection can stay in school only if the infected area is covered and if there is no drainage.

To see the signs, symptoms and how you can protect your student from the staph infection, click here and here.   (W.F.I.S.D./Rider H.S. website)

Taylor Barnes, Newschannel 6