MPX (Monkeypox)

What is MPX?

MPX (formerly known as "monkeypox") is a virus that spreads through prolonged skin-to-skin contact, sex, kissing, breathing at very close range, or sharing bedding and clothing.  

  • MPX is rare and currently a low threat to the general public, including schools and childcare.
  • MPX is much less contagious than COVID-19.
  • It can be serious, though most cases resolve on their own. Seeing a doctor right away is important.  

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Staying safe

The San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH) has provided MPX guidance for schools, childcare, and youth programs. SFUSD is already implementing health and safety measures to prevent the spread of MPX in our schools.

  • Students do not share bedding, mats, towels, or clothing at school sites.
  • SFUSD provides hand soap, water, and hand sanitizer so staff and students can practice hand hygiene.
  • SFUSD practices standard disinfecting and cleaning procedures at school sites and provides disinfectant wipes. SFUSD delivered a shipment of wipes before the first day of school and will deliver another in September. Staff are encouraged to use the wipes to prevent the spread of the virus.
  • Food, drinks, and utensils are individually wrapped to minimize shared use.

SFUSD continues to work closely with SFDPH around health-related issues such as COVID-19, MPX and childhood immunizations. At this time, public health considerations do not require notifications to families about MPX cases at schools.

This page was last updated on August 31, 2022