Signs & SymptomsIn general, strep throat is a mild infection, but it can be very painful.

    Common symptoms may include:

    • Fever
    • Pain when swallowing
    • Sore throat with quick onset, may look red
    • Red and swollen tonsils
    • White patches or streaks of pus on tonsils
    • Tiny, red spots on the roof of the mouth, called petechiae (pi-TEE-kee-eye)
    • Swollen lymph nodes in the front of the neck

    Less common symptoms, especially in children, may include:

    • Vomiting
    • Headache
    • Stomach pain
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Rash (scarlet fever)


    Immediate Intervention:  Isolate, exclude from school classroom, and refer to a healthcare provider for diagnosis and treatment.

    Incubation Period:  From 1-3 days.

    Contagious Period:  Untreated, 10-21 days.  When treated with antibiotics, up to 48 hours after first dose.


    When To Return to School (DVUSD Policy)

    Students can return 24 hours after the first dose of antibiotics AND when they have been fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications (Tylenol, Motrin, etc.).


    How do you stop the spread of Strep Throat?  

    1. Thoroughly washing your hands after wiping your nose and before eating or preparing food.
    2. Wash dishes carefully in HOT water or in a dishwasher.
    3. Do not allow the sharing of food, cups, spoons, or toys that are put in the mouth.


    Questions or Concerns?

    Please contact your school nurse.

    School Nurse: Melina Mirabal, RN, BSN

    Phone Number: 623-445-7610


    Reference: https://www.cdc.gov/groupastrep/diseases-public/strep-throat.html