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Ten students at Chaparral High School in Temecula have been diagnosed with staph and impetigo bacterial skin infections since November, a letter from the school informed parents Friday afternoon, Feb. 14.
School custodians disinfected athletic facilities, including the weight room, wrestling rooms, locker room and nurse's office, the letter says. The school removed 10 students from physical education activities, wrestling and weight lifting and would allow them to return only after a doctor clears them, it says.
"The purpose of this letter is to let you know what actions have been taken," says the emailed letter from school administration.
Temecula Valley Unified School District offices were closed Friday for a four-day weekend including Lincoln's birthday and the Presidents Day holiday Monday. District officials were not available after 5 p.m. Friday.
According to the letter, students in physical education classes saw a video this week that emphasized proper hand washing, clean gym clothes and basic personal hygiene. PE teachers also taught them about impetigo, staph and methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, a bacteria that is resistant to many antibiotics.
Teachers were told to report any skin problems to the school nurse, the letter said.
Contact Dayna Straehley at 951-368-9455 or [email protected]