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posted Apr 2, 2015, 9:53 AM by Joel Villegas

Strep Throat

  We continue to have a large number of students with positive strep tests across all grades and classrooms. .For some children it is the 2nd, 3rd, 4th or even 5th time they have tested positive in past few months. It appears the strain of strep we are seeing is resistant to certain antibiotics.  

  As reported earlier, many children are not complaining of a sore throat but a headache and/or a stomachache. 
From what I am hearing from other Wakefield schools and parents dealing with MD offices, we are not alone in dealing with this outbreak. It is not limited to our school or even our town. 

  Also, past few days there appears to be a GI virus around again. I am dismissing children with vomiting and/or diarrhea. In many cases no fever. 
 Hoping the actual arrival of spring, not just the calendar date, will clear out some of the germs. That said, because of all the snow, predictions are for tough spring in relation to allergies. 

  As always, if your child has strep he/she needs to be on antibiotic for a full 24 hours before returning to school. Also if your child has a temperature over 100.4 he/she needs out and fever free  for  24 hours without the administration of any fever reducing medication such as Tylenol or Advil. Thirdly, if a child has vomited or has diarrhea related to illness, he she needs to remain out of school for 24 hours after last incident. 
  Thank-you to all the parents who have kept me informed of what is going on. It helps me in alerting staff and parents.