We continue to closely monitor strep throat infections surfacing in our school. Thank you to parents/guardians who have been very cooperative about having their child tested when symptoms surface and communicating with us when the test comes back positive. While last week I reported it was primarily K and grade one, this week we have had cases across all grades.
While our school is cleaned daily by our custodial staff, this weekend we will have an additional clean to ensure we are doing everything possible to support our students. All door handles, desks, and railings will be thoroughly disinfected as part of this clean.
Please continue to monitor your child's health. Symptoms of strep do not always include sore throat or a fever. Sometimes the primary complaint in children is a headache and stomachache but a strep test is positive.
If your child complains of a headache and stomachache for over 24 hours, you may want to call yourpediatrician. If your child is running a temp- even a low grade one- and has one or more symptom of headache, sore throat or stomachache, this is even a higher indicator of potential for strep.
Please remember if your child has strep, he/she needs to be on an antibiotic and fever - free for 24 hours before returning to school.
State recommendations include that, when possible,antibiotics are given at home three times a day (before school, after school and bedtime). If that is not possible and your child will require medication during the school day, please remember:
- Medication must be transported to and from school by an adult and given to an adult. It cannot come in with a child.
- It must come in a prescription -labeled bottle with a note from the parent/guardian for administration.
- It is recommended enough antibiotic be sent in to cover the time frame it will be given in school. For example , if it is a liquid, request a separate bottle for school administration.
- Except for Epi-pens, medication may not be dispensed during Wakefield Academy.
Any questions, please contact Mrs. Siebeking 781-246-6479