08/27/14 10:03am
08/27/2014 10:03 AM
David Wicks. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo)

David Wicks, Riverhead’s assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, speaks at Tuesday night’s school board meeting. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo)

Riverhead School District officials say they’re focused on improving graduation rates and will implement a new program to help students from falling behind on their studies.

David Wicks, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction gave a presentation along with high school principal Charles Regan at Tuesday’s school board meeting to discuss a new plan to help students complete school.  (more…)

06/29/14 5:00am
06/29/2014 5:00 AM
Riverhead's Ryan DiResta competes in the hurdles of the pentathlon. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Riverhead’s Ryan DiResta competes in the hurdles of the pentathlon. Students may be allowed to count their after-school sports toward physical education credits. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

Riverhead School District is exploring the feasibility of exempting students from physical education classes if they participate in after-school sports.  (more…)

12/03/13 11:15am
FILE PHOTO | Whooping cough cases have been confirmed at Riverhead High School and Pulaski Street School.

FILE PHOTO | Whooping cough cases have been confirmed at Riverhead High School and Pulaski Street School.

An unidentified amount of whooping cough cases have been confirmed at both the Riverhead High School and Pulaski Street School, according to a voicemail message sent to parents by the district Monday night.

Assistant superintendent of personnel David Wicks said in the voicemail, “At the time the cases were confirmed, the individuals were no longer contagious.”

“We will be taking necessary precautions to ensure the health and well-being of the students and staff of these buildings,” he continued. “These precautions include, but are not limited to, sanitizing desks and other surfaces throughout the building. If your child develops a severe, uncontrolled cough, you should call your doctor immediately.”

No other details about the reported respiratory illnesses, technically called pertussis, were mentioned in the voicemail.

Mr. Wicks and Superintendent Nancy Carney did not immediately return an email request seeking further details.

The only whooping cough case posted on the district’s website as of 10:30 a.m. was of the district’s last reported case on Nov. 13, in which a case of whooping cough was confirmed at Riverhead High School.

Whooping cough, which health officials have described as “highly contagious,” is transported through the air by coughing and can be fatal for infants.

Early symptoms of whooping cough are a mild cough, a runny nose and a low fever, according to the U. S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

As the disease persists the traditional symptoms of a high pitched “whooping” cough, vomiting and exhaustion after coughing fits may appear. Coughing fits may persist for weeks, health officials said. The best way to prevent the disease is immunization, the CDC states on its website, though those vaccinated can still be infected as vaccination “wanes over the years.”

Adults and children, however, may develop pertussis even if they are up to date on their vaccination since immunization wanes over the years, according to the health department. If you suspect that your child has contracted whooping cough, it is urged you contact their physician and request your child is tested for the disease using a special nasal/throat swab.

Those suffering from whooping cough are asked to stay home until he or she has completed five days of antibiotic treatment, according to the county health department.

jennifer@timesreview.com