Letter to Parents from the Principal
I want to share with you information about an event that has affected our school and how it was
handled by our staff. I am sending you this letter to give you the facts and to assure you that we
are addressing this incident.
On Monday evening, September 15, 2014, the boys' football locker rooms were disinfected after
a member of the team developed an unknown condition that we were initially concerned may be
staph. It was later determined that the student did not have staph. On Tuesday morning,
September 16, 2014, additional precautionary measures were taken to safeguard that the equipment
also was disinfected to ensure that if it was a staph infection that the students would be safe.
The locker room was cleaned appropriately with an approved disinfectant. However, the same
disinfectant was used to clean the equipment, which was not appropriate. On Wednesday morning,
September 17, 2014, we received calls from the parents of several football players, who were
complaining of rashes and burns on their shoulders, neck, and chest. I met personally with
members of the football teams and reached out to all families of students who indicated they felt
some burning or other reaction. The parents of all varsity players also were notified. We are
working with the MCPS Division of Systemwide Safety to guarantee that all necessary steps are
taken to rectify this situation.
I want to apologize to the students and parents who were affected by this incident. We take the
safety of our students very seriously. The actions in this instance, while done with good intent,
were unacceptable. We will take the necessary steps to ensure that our staff understands the proper
way to clean school equipment so that nothing like this ever happens again.
If you have further questions, please call the school at 301 -989-5700.