Madison-Plains Schools Closed Friday Amid Impetigo Outbreak


The Madison-Plains Local Schools will close tomorrow due to an outbreak of the highly-contagious skin infection impetigo.

"The school has been really good about sending out announcements. They have an automated system where they send it out over your phone," Cara Skaggs, a foster mom of three, said. 

Superintendent Tim Dettwiller says about 60 students in the district were showing signs of the infection on Thursday and were sent home.

Impetigo usually appears as red sores on the face, especially around a child's nose and mouth. The sores burst and develop honey-colored crusts.

"Our little one does have kind of a history of eczema and I think that predisposes her at a little bit higher risk. So, we're on top of it a little bit more just to make sure that nothing unusual is out of the norm for her," Skaggs said.

Madison County nursing officials said the best way to keep impetigo from spreading is to thoroughly wash your and your child's hands. 

Nationwide Children's Hospital: Impetigo

Impetigo may clear on its own in two to three weeks, but antibiotics can shorten the course of the disease and help prevent the spread to others.

Students showing signs of the infection will require a doctor’s note to return.

Dettwiller says a cleaning crew will cleanse the district schools on Friday in response to the outbreak.