- Strep throat is an infection in the throat and tonsils caused by group A Streptococcus bacteria (called “group A strep”). However, most sore throats are caused by viruses, not bacteria.
- Group A strep bacteria spread through contact with droplets from an infected person’s cough or sneeze. If you touch your mouth, nose, or eyes after touching something that has these droplets on it, you may become ill.
- No one can diagnose strep throat just by looking at your throat. Doctors can swab your throat to see if you have strep throat.
- People with strep throat should stay home from work, school, or daycare until they no longer have a fever and have taken antibiotics for at least 24 hours.
- Antibiotics taken for strep throat reduce the length of time you’re sick, prevent long-term health problems, and help prevent spreading the infection to friends and family members.
The days are getting longer and it is tempting to keep the kids up longer but they still need the same amount of sleep. Families get busy, especially during Spring on the Vineyard but children need a good nights rest to do their best at school each day.
School Age Children should be getting at least 10-11 hours of sleep every night. If your child gets up for school at 6:30am, they should be going to bed no later than 8:30 pm.
A great resource for sleep help with children is:
Ticks are year round islanders, but as summer approaches and the island population increases, so does the tick population! It is important to frequently check yourself and your child for ticks, and wear protective clothing (a hat and light-colored clothing, including long-sleeved shirts and long pants tucked into boots or socks when walking in tall grass or brush).
A few tips from the MV Board of Health:
Shower or bathe as soon as possible after working outdoors to wash off and check for ticks.
Remember to check your hair, underarms, and groin for ticks.
Immediately remove ticks from your body using fine-tipped tweezers.
Grasp the tick firmly and as close to your skin as possible (as shown in photo below)
Pull the tick's body away from your skin with a steady motion.
Clean the area with soap and water. Call your physician.
Removing infected ticks within 24 hours reduces your risk of being infected with the Lyme disease bacterium.
What Is Strep Throat?Strep throat is an infection caused by a type of bacteria (group A streptococcus). Strep bacteria cause almost a third of all sore throats.
What helps ease your child's sore throat?
Ice pops/ ice cream
Pain relievers like acetaminophen
Strep throat usually needs treatment with antibiotics. With the proper medical care — along with plenty of rest and fluids — a child should be back to school and play within a few days.
What Are the Signs & Symptoms of Strep Throat?Symptoms of strep throat include sore throat, fever, red and swollen tonsils, and painful or swollen neck glands.
Not all sore throats are strep throats. Often, kids have a sore throat because of a virus, which will usually clear up without medical treatment.
Kids who do have strep throat might get other symptoms within about 3 days, such as:
How Can I Help My Child Feel Better?Home care can help your child feel better while battling strep throat. Give plenty of liquids to prevent dehydration, such as water or ginger ale, especially if he or she has had a fever. Avoid orange juice, grapefruit juice, lemonade, or other acidic beverages, which can irritate a sore throat. Warm liquids like soups, sweetened tea, or hot chocolate can be soothing.
Talk to your doctor about when your child can return to normal activities. Most kids can go back to school when they've taken antibiotics for at least 24 hours and no longer have a fever.
The nurses office is looking for donations!
New Girls and Boys underwear size 6-12.
New or gently used socks for size 10 toddler - 10 adult.
Any student who currently has a religious exemption on file will be allowed to maintain that exemption for the 2017-18 school year, but it will have to be renewed for the 2018-19 school year. All religious exemptions must be renewed annually. An annual renewal means that parents/guardians must write and sign a new religious exemption. All religious exemptions should be dated by the signing parent/guardian to allow for monitoring of annual renewals each school year. Annual renewal of exemptions should occur at the start of each school year.
Prior to the first day of school, all incoming kindergarten parents are required to submit the following to the nurse:
Kindergarten Immunization Requirements for the 2017-2018 School Year:
Hepatitis B: 3 doses
DTaP/ DTP/DT/Td/Tdap: 5 doses
Polio: 4 doses
MMR: 2 doses
Varicella: 2 doses (unless you have medically documented proof of chicken pox)
Medications from the Philadelphia field trip are ready to be picked up by parents!
Lana Schaefer, RN, BSN
508-693-0951 ext. 281