Woodford County

Staph infection at Versailles school

A staff member at Southside Elementary School in Versailles is recovering from an antibiotic-resistant staph infection.

Woodford County Schools Superintendent Scott Hawkins said the infected staffer immediately called in sick when he or she began to feel ill. A doctor confirmed that it was methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus late Jan. 23, and the staffer promptly notified the school.

Hawkins intended to send a note home with students the following Monday, but school was out for the next six days because of the ice storm.

While school was closed, the school was disinfected as a precaution.

Tuesday, the first day school has been in session since Jan. 23, a note was sent home to parents informing them of the situation.

The staffer has been treated with antibiotics and is "feeling fine," according to Hawkins. He did not know whether that staffer was back at work but said he is sure that no students were in danger.

"We took every necessary precaution to make sure all our kids and staff were safe," said Hawkins.