The school district sent home a letter to parents Wednesday.

Parents in the Newark Central School District in Wayne County received a letter Wednesday informing them that a student had contracted the highly contagious staph infection, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA.

The district did not indicate how old the student is or which of the four schools he or she attends. Confirmed cases have also been reported in Fairport and Spencerport in Monroe County, and in Seneca Falls in Seneca County.

The Newark letter advised parents that extra precautions are being taken to sanitize “common surface areas” in the schools. It also informs them of preventive measures, like hand washing and avoiding contact with other people’s wounds.

The Newark district includes parts of the towns of Palmyra and Phelps.

School districts across the region have been beefing up hygiene policies and cleaning practices since news of the dangers of MRSA has spread. The infection, a so-called “superbug,” is resistant to antibiotics and can be deadly if it enters the blood-stream or morphs into a flesh-eating wound.

Contact Jessica Pierce at (585) 394-0770, Ext. 250, or at jpierce@mpnewspapers.com.