October 26, 2018
We have several students that have been absent this week due to a diagnosis of Strep Throat. Streptococcal bacteria are highly contagious. They can spread through airborne droplets when someone with the infection coughs or sneezes, or through shared food or drinks. You can also pick up the bacteria from a doorknob or other surface and transfer them to your nose, mouth or eyes.
Call your doctor if you or your child has any of these signs and symptoms :
- A sore throat accompanied by tender, swollen lymph glands
- A sore throat that lasts longer than 48 hours
- A fever
- A sore throat accompanied by a rash
- Problems breathing or swallowing
- If strep has been diagnosed, a lack of improvement after taking antibiotics for 48 hours
After your child is diagnosed with Strep Throat, they may return to school with a written note from the doctor stating when they can return. If no date is specified, they can return to school when they meet the rules as outlined in the student illness section in the handbook:
It is important to remember that schools are required to exclude students with certain illnesses from school for periods of time as identified in state rules. For example, if your child has a fever over 100 degrees, he or she must stay out of schoool until fever-free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medications. In addition, students with diarrheal illnesses must stay home until they are diarrhea free without diarrhea-suppressing medications for at least 24 hours.
At our elementary we also require that students that have been vomiting do not return to school until 24 hours after their last episode of vomiting. No anti-vomiting medication must have been given for at least eight hours prior to return to school.
We need the help of all parents in stopping the spread of illness. Please keep your child at home until they are symptom free for a full 24 hours or until the date the doctor writes that they may return.
DO NOT SEND MEDICATIONS TO SCHOOL FOR THE NURSE TO ADMINISTER
*until you have read the rules regarding administration of medications at school. The State of Texas has specific laws that cover administration of medication at school and we must comply. We cannot give any medication without the proper form signed by the parent. We cannot give any over the counter medications that are not approved by our Medical Director. There is a list of the approved medications on all registration cards.
ALL MEDICATIONS SHOULD BE GIVEN AT HOME UNLESS THEY ARE ORDERED MORE THAN THREE TIMES A DAY. THE ONLY EXCEPTION IS IF THE PHYSICIAN HAS ORDERED IT TO BE GIVEN AT A SPECIFIC TIME DURING THE SCHOOL DAY.
Please do not ask the office personnel of any campus to accept medications that do not meet this criteria. Each campus has the forms available for parents to sign when a medication is required to be given at school.