There have been confirmed cases of strep throat at the school.
Many sore throats are caused by viruses, but strep throat is caused by bacteria. These bacteria are spread through direct contact with mucus from the nose or throat of people who are sick with a strep infection.
To avoid making others sick, we should all practice the habit of covering every cough and every sneeze. Use tissues then throw it away and wash your hands. Do not share food or water bottles at school. It is possible to spread these bacteria by drinking from the same glass or eating from the same plate as someone who is ill with strep throat. People can be contagious before they show symptoms.
Children with strep throat should be kept home until symptom free or, if they have been on antibiotics for at least 24 hours, until fever free. (Treating an infected person with an antibiotic for 24 hours or longer generally prevents the spread of the bacteria to others.)
- For an article on how to tell if your child may have strep throat, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/getsmart/antibiotic-use/URI/sore-throat.html
- Click here for a helpful chart on "When to keep sick children home from school."