Although the risk of monkeypox in our students is low, BVSD wants to ensure families and staff are provided with the most current and evidence-based information available.
Monkeypox disease is caused by a virus in the same family of viruses as variola virus, the virus that causes smallpox.
Monkeypox can spread from person to person through direct contact with the infectious rash, scabs, or body fluids. It also can be spread by respiratory secretions during prolonged, face-to-face contact, or during intimate physical contact, such as kissing, cuddling, or sex.
Anyone can contract Monkeypox At this time, gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men make up the majority of cases in the current monkeypox outbreak. However, anyone, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, who has been in close, personal contact with someone who has monkeypox is at risk.
Monkeypox can spread from the time symptoms start until the rash has fully healed and a fresh layer of skin has formed. Anyone in close personal contact with a person with monkeypox can get it and should take steps to protect themselves.
- On August 19th, the CDC released information for Schools, Early Care and Education Programs, and other settings serving Children or Adolescents - you can find that information here
- In addition, CDC also released information specifically designed for Teens and Young Adults - you can find that information here: What you Need to Know about Monkeypox if You are a Teen or Young Adult
BVSD will continue to work closely with our local public health departments and have established cleaning and follow-up protocols in the event we have a case in school.
adapted from CDC 8.19.22