Richmond County: Protecting students from MRSA

By: Jessica Floyd Email
By: Jessica Floyd Email

News 12 First at Five, October 31, 2007

HEPHZIBAH, Ga. - Keeping soap dispensers stocked and ready to use is a top priority for Hephzibah Middle School Principal Dr. Deborah Shepherd.

"In the school we have soap in the bathrooms and all around the school and of course we have sinks in each of the classrooms where we have soap available as well," said Shepherd.

With a sink in every classroom, students have ample opportunities to wash their hands and teachers make sure students have a chance to wash their hands frequently-- especially before lunch.

Shepherd says it's her secret for keeping MRSA out of her school.

MRSA can live on your skin. But washing your hands kills or dilutes the bacteria reducing your risk of getting infected.

Principal Shepherd says the schools are doing their part, but parents can help too.

"Make sure that if your child tells you something hurts you check it out. Sometimes it may be as little as a splinter but sometimes it may be far more important that you look into it."

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  • by JENNIFER Location: BLYTHE on Nov 5, 2007 at 08:38 AM
    HMS restrooms are disgusting my daughter will not use them all day. That principal is doing nothing to keep it out of the school.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 1, 2007 at 04:53 PM
    I saw the teachers from Barton Chapel giving the children hand sanitizers to clean their hands.
  • by anonymous Location: Hephzibah on Nov 1, 2007 at 04:37 PM
    They don't keep soap in their rooms or in the bathroom. I have been to my family members class room and there wan't any there. A close friends child carries soap in her purse so he and her class mates can wash their hand. The kids have left notes to the staff and the notes get throwed away and ignored. WHAT KIND OF SCHOOL ARE WE DEALING WITH? WHAT KIND OF BOARD ARE WE DEALING WITH? Richmond county need new people who care about kids and not their paycheck!
  • by Shirley Location: Barton Chapel Elem. on Nov 1, 2007 at 03:54 PM
    I work at Barton Chapel Elem. School and we do not have soap,hot water,and paper towels in the children bathrooms. Now this is sad, just to see the children come out the the restrooms with wet hands and they wipe their hands on their clothes. Some children just leave them wet.
  • by Anonymous Location: Hephzibah on Nov 1, 2007 at 12:02 PM
    There is always soap in the school. Many times it is wasted because the kids intentionally misuse it.
  • by anonymous on Nov 1, 2007 at 08:31 AM
    to chris, thats just what they are going to tell the public anyway. of course they probably dont have soap in them, and if "sheppard" thinks that just washing your hands with soap is going to keep the kids safe, she might as well get ready for many students to have this infection.
  • by chris Location: blythe on Nov 1, 2007 at 06:10 AM
    this report says that the restrooms in heph middle have soap in them .. not acording to my daughters which go to school there .
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