Below is a summary of this bacterial infection.  To protect the health of others, watch for early warning signs and symptoms.A child with strep often has a fever above 101 degrees, with chills, body aches and loss of appetite. There also may be abdominal symptoms, like nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. The tonsils and the back of the throat may look red, swollen, and dotted with whitish or yellowish specks of pus. There may be swollen glands in the neck and at the angles of the jaw. 

Children with strep throat may return to school 48 hours after their first dose of antibiotics, provided their fever has subsided. 

Strep throat is contagious, and strep bacteria can be passed through contact with the nasal or throat fluids of someone who is infected. After completing two days of appropriate antibiotics, one is no longer contagious. Estimates are that in a home where someone already has strep, about one out of every four family members will get it, too. There are also cases where persons, especially children, can be carriers of strep bacteria without having any symptoms (asymptomatic carriers).

Untreated cases of strep throat can remain contagious for 10-21 days.  Children may not return to school while they are contagious.  Please consult your physician for treatment options.

If at any time your child is diagnosed or you suspect your child has a contagious disease you must report it to the school office per Maricopa County Health Regulations. It is important that we inform anyone who may have been exposed.

Toss the Toothbrush!

If your child gets strep throat, buy a new toothbrush and have her start using it two days after starting the antibiotics. If the same toothbrush is used, bacteria are still present on the bristles and can re-infect your child after the round of antibiotics is completed.

If you have any questions please contact the school office at (602)243-6909 or

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